It is October, with that comes the turning of leaves, all things pumpkin, and Halloween. Did you know that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month? That is right it is and Hattast-ique would like to participate this year by sharing with you some facts and ways to be on top of the fight against breast cancer.
Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point. The good news is that most women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early. (https://healthfinder.gov/NHO/OctAnnounce.aspx)
Hey gentlemen friends, while not common and considered rare, men can also get breast cancer. Make sure that you stay vigilant and if you notice any lumps felt in the breasts, nipple pain, discharge from the nipple, or enlarged lymph nodes please get it examined by your physician. Breast cancer in men accounts for 1% of all breast cancer occurrences. If you would like more information dealing with male breast cancer please visit www.breastcancer.org has a few articles that are quite informative.
The Pink Ribbon, to most is the symbol for breast cancer awareness. We wear them to honor those who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and to honor those who have survived. The ribbon is often associated with generosity, faith that scientific progress will be made in finding a cure, and can be seen as a symbol of an optimistic outlook. Personally I think it helps us to remember those who are fighting and helps us to keep perusing the cure.
For me, The Pink Ribbon reminds me of a loved one. Someone who said you will not take me today breast cancer and made brave decision one after the other. Were there tough days, absolutely, that amazing woman handled it with such grace and fight. She faced the cancer not only once, but twice and each time I was in awe at her resilience in fighting. The Pink Ribbon says she is strong and she has sisters that have fought the same fight. When I see a pink ribbon I see the beautiful woman I call mom, she is my hero for bringing the fight.
- If you are a woman age 40 to 49, talk with your doctor about when to start getting mammograms and how often to get them.
- If you are a woman age 50 to 74, be sure to get a mammogram every 2 years. You may also choose to get them more often.
Talk to a doctor about your risk for breast cancer, especially if a close family member of yours had breast or ovarian cancer. Your doctor can help you decide when and how often to get mammograms.
(This information was provided by https://healthfinder.gov/NHO/OctAnnounce.aspx)
For more information on the National Breast Cancer Foundation or information about breast cancer please see visit http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-awareness-month.
Another website that has information concerning breast cancer is www.breastcancer.org.