Recognizing the Importance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Recognizing the Importance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to raise public awareness of the impact of breast cancer. The pink ribbon has become the universal symbol of breast cancer and is used to show support for family and friends battling breast cancer.

Nearly all of us have known someone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. It’s one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers among women. About one in eight U.S. women (about 13%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.

Knowledge about breast cancer is so critical to surviving cancer. The ability to recognize symptoms or knowing family history can make the difference between catching the cancer early when it’s often more easily treated and survival rates are higher, and discovering cancer at an advanced stage when treatment options are more limited.

Unfortunately, some women first learn about breast cancer when they receive a diagnosis. But a number of organizations, including the National Breast Cancer Foundation,, the American Cancer Society, and the Susan G. Komen organization have worked to change that. They’ve made it their mission, through the support of generous donors, to make information about breast cancer risk factors, screening, symptoms and treatment widely accessible. They answer questions, offer resources to support individuals with breast cancer and their families and share real patient stories of hope and inspiration. The efforts of these organizations have enabled women to be better prepared and informed if they are diagnosed with breast cancer, and to make choices that can help them stay healthy throughout their lives.

Check the links we provided above if you’d like to learn more about breast cancer prevention and screening. If your doctor recommends annual mammograms, be sure to schedule them promptly. And, if you notice a lump or other unusual changes on the breast, visit your doctor as soon as possible. Our caregivers can accompany clients to their mammogram screenings and physician visits.

Be Well. Be Safe. Be Kind.
Be the Change You Want to See in the World. – Charmaine

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