Why You Should Pay Attention to the Importance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month
The month of October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This means that people all over the world will be paying attention to the disease. And rightfully so–because breast cancer is one of the most common cancers. This is one of the main reasons we need to focus on the importance of breast cancer awareness month.
Every year, an estimated 3 million new cases are diagnosed around the world (with 1 out of 8 American women expected to develop it in her lifetime). This number doesn’t include those who die from the disease before they’re diagnosed, nor does it include those who die from other causes after their diagnosis.
Myths About Breast Cancer? 3 Things to Keep in Mind.
A myth is a widespread belief that is false. We need to keep in mind three things when it comes to breast cancer myths:
- Breast cancer myths are often based on outdated or incorrect information.
- Breast cancer myths can be hurtful and discouraging.
- Breast cancer myths can affect people’s health by making the disease seem less treatable.
Breast cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in the United States. This is important for women to know.
Myth 1: The more a woman breastfeeds, the more she reduces her risk of developing breast cancer.
Truth: Women who have been breastfeeding for a year or more have about 28% less risk of developing breast cancer than women who never breastfed, but breastfeeding does not fully protect against the disease and it does not reduce your risk of getting any type of breast cancer.
Myth 2: If you get a mammogram every year, you can easily prevent breast cancer.
Truth: Breast screening can detect many cancers before they cause symptoms, but mammograms cannot detect all cancers and they may lead to false-positive results that require further testing and treatment.
What You Can Do to Help Highlight the Importance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month
The first step is to be aware of the issue. That’s why every October, you’ll see a lot of pink ribbons.
You can also participate in fundraising events to help raise awareness and money for breast cancer research. These events vary from walks to runs, galas, or anything else you can think of. You can donate money or buy items that will be auctioned off at the event. Some people also choose to create their own fundraiser and invite friends and family members to participate.
If you’re not able to give money or time, there are still things you can do like sharing the link online (on social media or your personal blog). You could also make a donation if you’re able!
Breast cancer has the highest mortality rate among cancers. It’s not just about women getting checked and treated, but also about the emotional and physical effects of breast cancer. There are many ways you can celebrate BCAM. Some people wear purple ribbons or buy pink products during October to show their support for survivors and those who have lost their lives to breast cancer. Others volunteer at these events.