Breast cancer awareness takes center stage this month. Education programs and fundraisers are being organized to help combat this deadly disease.
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The symbolic pink ribbon is displayed in honor of breast cancer awareness.
According to BreastCancer.org, 1 out of every 8 women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime. That roughly equates to about 12% of all U.S. women. The site also states in its statistics that breast cancer is the second most common cancer for women in the U.S. after lung cancer.
Even though breast cancer is primarily a cancer that affects women, a small percentage of men are also susceptible. It is estimated that less than 1% of all men develop breast cancer. Despite the small percentage, the risk for men possibly developing this disease should not be dismissed.
Some common symptoms of breast cancer include a noticeable lump in the breast tissue, a lump in the arm pit area, painful breast, or a foreign nipple discharge. Breast cancer also may not show any symptoms at all.
The National Cancer Institute recommends that all women 40 years and older get a mammogram every 1 to 2 years. Regular self exams should also be conducted for any noticeable lumps in the breast tissue.
Great efforts are made every October to insure that people are informed about this condition, and funds are being raised to help more and more individuals get treated and ultimately cured. Many businesses and organizations are generously donating their time and effort to raise funds to fight breast cancer.
The Susan G. Komen for the Cure website lists daily breast cancer awareness events and activities for the month of October. Many of these activities are easy to partake in and don't require a lot of time or money (most are free).
Yoplait yogurt has their Save Lids to Save Lives program. For every pink lid mailed back to them, they will donate 10 cents to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation.
Safeway grocery stores usually ask customers going through the check out line during the month of October to donate to breast cancer research.
Several other local businesses are doing their part to raise money and awareness. Many pledge drives, bake sales, and runs are being organized for the cause.
Great strides have been taken forward in the fight against breast cancer. There still is quite a ways to go in the fight to conquer this disease, but with the vast education resources out there and the funds that are being raised, the future looks bright. Hopefully, all forms of breast cancer can be successfully treated and cured soon.