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October: Breast Cancer Awareness

Updated: Aug 31, 2022

By Heidi Martinez



 




As many of us know, Breast Cancer Awareness month is this October. Every year organizations and charities all over the nation organize a health campaign for those who suffer from Breast Cancer. Breast Cancer awareness spans from October 1st to October 31st. October’s awareness color is pink, in support of the women that suffer from this condition.

Breast cancer is a common disease that primarily affects women.

According to the US Breast Cancer Statistics approximately 1 in every 8 women will get breast cancer at some point in her life.

Although previously stated that it primarily affects women, there have been very few cases where men have also developed this disease. Since men usually lack in the breast area their chance of getting breast cancer is quite low; statistically their chances of getting breast cancer consists 1 in every 833, which makes up less than 1% of people that experience this disease. The symptoms of breast cancer include a lump on the breast, bloody discharge from the nipple, and/or a change in texture on the areola of the breast. Treatments for breast cancer differ depending on the stage of the cancer, some people may be treated with chemotherapy, radiation, and may go as far as surgery in which the breast(s) may be removed. Overall, there are around 200,000 cases of breast cancer every year and majority of the cases are of women, and it is a very scary disease for a person to experience especially because of its placement.


Breast Cancer Awareness month is very important to those who suffer from it and also those who are trying to find solutions and cures for this type of cancer. October is a month to support the people that have breast cancer and the organizations that are trying to find a cure, so if you get the chance, take part in a Breast Cancer Awareness walk/run in your area, participate in a Making Strides run, donate money to a breast cancer organization, organize a fundraiser to raise money and awareness for breast cancer organizations, or simply wear pink to show your support.

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