October is not only the month which marks Halloween costumes and giving away candies, in fact, it is the month which also marks the Breast Cancer Awareness.
During this month, people all around the world get a chance to pay close attention and learn more about the disease that according to InStyle will kill around 41,400 people this year ALONE. One can also get a close understanding of the efforts that there are out there for people to prevent and manage breast cancer.
What should one know regarding Breast Cancer
According to InStyle, every year hundreds of thousands of people are diagnosed with breast cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates that last year, about 252,710 new cases were diagnosed in women. The organization also estimated that about 40,610 women died from it.
In the United States, more than three million people have a history of it. According to the American Cancer Society, reports are that black and white women get breast cancer at about the same rate, however, it is thought that black women are more likely to die from it.
The cause of breast cancer is when cells grow and divide in an out of control and abnormal manner.
Ways To Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month
A donation toward research and treatment is one way that you can support the Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To help uninsured and underinsured people to afford mammograms through its Buy a Mom a Mammogram program, people can contribute in the Silver Lining Foundation here. According to Instyle, the National Breast Cancer Foundation also breaks down ways you can donate here, and, also they list fundraisers you can either join, or even start yourself.
In addition, plenty of well-known brands are contributing by working to raise money for breast cancer research. The sleepwear brand Lunya has partnered with Fuck Cancer, donating 100 percent of proceeds of a Fuck Cancer hoodie and pant beginning Oct. 2.
Through its Tribute Bracelet, Stella & Dot has made its way to raise awareness and money. The bracelet has been worn by celebs like Jennifer Aniston and Mila Kunis. For the whole month of October, Stella & Dot will donate all net proceeds from the sale of this particular bracelet (which returns Oct. 1) to Bright Pink, a non-profit breast and ovarian health organization.
Earlier this week, Susan G. Komen announced they have a new $26 million investment fund that contributes into 62 research projects dedicated to finding solutions for aggressive and metastatic breast cancer, and also supporters of their cause can donate directly here.
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Signs And Symptoms Of Breast Cancer To Look For
Each person’s body is different and varies from one another, due to this, the signs of breast cancer are not the same for everyone. It should be noted that women and men(yes, men also can get breast cancer, it’s just, the rate is lower) should look for different signs.
The most common signs are a change in the look or feel of the breast or nipple – according to Susan G Komen – and also nipple discharge. Thanks to Susan G. Komen website which has helpful graphics to assist you, you can see exactly what to look for here.
The organization reports that in 2018, it’s estimated that about 2,550 new cases of breast cancer in men will happen. If you’re a man looking for symptoms, check for lumps or hard knots in the chest or underarm areas, rashes, and a change in the shape or size of the breast. You can find a full list of other symptoms for men here.
How Can I Get Screened
Women between the age 45 and 54 are advised by the Americans Cancer Society – to get a mammogram every year to screen for cancer, and women at the age of 55 or older, should get one, at last, every two year.
If you’re getting mammograms regularly, you’re setting yourself up to better catch any abnormalities early. The American Cancer Society recommends that women talk with their health care providers to work out exact screening plans, because things like family history and other factors can lead doctors to recommend MRIs along with mammograms.
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