About Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Breast cancer is overwhelming prevalent in women, being the second most common type of cancer. One in every eight women in this country will develop the disease at some point during their lives. There have been a number of high profile cases of breast cancer, such as Anastasia who survived it, and Angelina Jolie who had a preventative double mastectomy. The work that these women, and others like them, have done to bring awareness about breast cancer to the foreground is incredibly important, but more work remains to be done. This is why every October is International Breast Cancer Awareness Month. If breast cancer is diagnosed early enough and treated properly, most women will be able to survive this type of cancer. It generally starts with a mammogram, which screens the breast tissue for abnormal growth. This screening is offered to women all over the world from a certain age onwards, to help catch the presence of the disease as soon as possible and offer treatment where needed. During the Breast Cancer Awareness Month, men and women alike are encouraged to do something to increase awareness about the importance of being screened with mammograms and knowing your own body to spot lumps and other signs early on.
This particular month is an opportunity to make a real difference. People are encouraged to speak to their friends, members of their family, colleagues and members of the community about the importance of screening for breast cancer. It is about highlighting the steps every woman should know about in order to detect the presence of this kind of cancer. There are plenty of things you can do as an individual, and all these ideas are also great opportunities to build up community ties. For instance, you could visit your local health center and find out how they ensure all their patients are aware of the signs and risks. You could speak to women you know, particularly those between the ages of 40 and 49, and ask them to make a medical appointment to discuss a mammogram. You could even set up an event and encourage women over the age of 50 to have their mammograms done every two years.
All of these efforts are incredibly important. They give you the opportunity to get to know new people, which is beneficial if you have just moved house. Most of all, it gives you the opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of people. It doesn't matter whether you are a man or a woman either. Breast cancer affects us all (it can also occur in men), so we should stand side by side in fighting this horrible disease. No person should have to die from it again, particularly when we know medicine can treat and cure it if detected early enough.
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