Why do we devote an entire month to Breast Cancer Awareness?

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness of breast cancer and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. Pink is the color, and the pink ribbon has become the symbol to focus on efforts to bring this to the public.
Breast cancer can affect everyone, it doesn’t discriminate. It doesn’t respect age, gender, race, ethnicity, socio-economic status or a healthy life style. Women and men can be affected, although less than 1% of patients with breast cancer are male. 1 in 8 women in the U.S. developing an invasive breast cancer during her lifetime. Early detection and intervention can save lives. For those women who carry the BRCA gene, their personal risk of developing breast cancer is approximately 60-80%.
Breast cancer awareness campaigns offer information and support to those affected by breast cancer. Breast Cancer Awareness has been around for almost 30 years! When the entire month of October was designated ‘National Breast Cancer Awareness Month’ in 1985 as a partnership between the American Cancer Society and a pharmaceutical company that produces several anti-breast cancer drugs, the initial aim was to promote mammography as the most effective weapon in the fight against breast cancer.
Breast cancer usually starts in the inner lining of milk ducts or the lobules that supply them with milk. From there, it can spread to other parts of the body. The exact cause remains unclear, but some risk factors make it more likely. Some of these are preventable.
Age, Genetics, History of breast cancer or breast lumps, Dense breast tissue, Estrogen exposure and breast-feeding, Body weight, Alcohol consumption, Radiation exposure, and Hormone treatments are the main risk factors.
If you are diagnosed with Breast Cancer the treatment plan depends on the stage of cancer if detected. It may consist of chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. To learn more about breast cancer reconstruction, visit our website or call 508-655-7070.

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