October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and as such, I would like to take the time to talk about this issue. This month, you are likely to see lots of pink ribbons, cookies, and even NFL uniforms, all intended to help raise awareness for breast cancer. For women in the U.S., breast cancer death rates are higher than those for any other cancer, besides lung cancer. About 1 in 8 U.S. women (just over 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. Breast cancer can also affect men, currently at the rate of 1 out of every 1000 in the United States.
Most likely, you know someone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. With so many people affected by this disease, raising awareness surrounding breast cancer becomes very important:
Let’s Talk Breast Cancer
Breast cancer develops in the breast tissue,
primarily in the milk ducts or glands. The cancer is still called and treated as breast cancer even if it is first discovered after the cells have travelled to other areas of the body. In those cases, the cancer is referred to as metastatic or advanced breast cancer.
It is incredibly important to raise awareness around breast cancer because the disease is much easier and safer to stop when it is caught in early stages.