October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which serves as a national annual campaign to increase awareness. According to the Center for Disease Control, over 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer annually, making it one of the leading causes of death in the nation. Various organizations throughout the US hold events that promote breast cancer awareness, encourage women to get checked regularly and raise money to find a cure.
Symptoms of breast cancer include (but are not limited to):
- A new lump in the breast or armpit
- Swelling in part of the breast
- Redness or flaky skin on the breast
- Nipple discharge other than breast milk
- Pain in any area of the breast
Knowledge is the best way to combat breast cancer, which is why women, especially those over the age of 50, are encouraged to receive regular mammograms. A mammogram is an x-ray of the breast that allows doctors to check for signs of cancer. Early detection plays a vital role in lowering the risk of death.
Locate your local Breast Cancer Awareness organization to find out ways you can volunteer, donate and support the cause!!