Be Aware, Think Pink

In the United States, breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of a disease that affects the lives of many women each year. Presently there is insufficient knowledge of its cause, but with early detection, adequate diagnosis and treatment there is hope.

Preventative approaches to help decrease your risk include: smoking cessation, increasing physical activity, increasing fruits and vegetables, and decreasing excessive alcohol consumption. The United States Preventive Services Task Force recommends women ages 50-74 years old have mammogram screenings every 2 years, and ages 40-49 talk to their health care provider about when to start and how often to get screened.

Be aware of:

  • Changes in breast shape, or size
  • Pain in any area of the breast
  • Nipple Discharge (other than breastmilk)
  • Any new lump in the breast or underarm

There is encouraging news that most women diagnosed in early stages have an estimated five year survival rate of 93 percent. Early detection is the key! This October, think pink and encourage friends and family to get mammogram screenings today.