October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This is an annual campaign to increase awareness of breast cancer. The goal is to ensure that every woman has access to education, screening, treatment, support and hope.
According to the American Cancer Society, there are more than 270,000 new cases of breast cancer and nearly 42,000 breast cancer deaths annually. Breast cancer is the most common cancer and the second most fatal cancer in women.
This year, more than ever, there is a need to focus on breast cancer. Forty-two thousand people are expected to die from breast cancer in 2020 in the U.S. alone. If no action is taken, and with the COVID-19 pandemic still creating chaos around the globe, there is no saying what the impact of COVID-19 may be on breast cancer patients.
The National Cancer Institute projects that pandemic-related delays in diagnosis and treatment disruption could result in 10,000 additional deaths from breast cancer and colorectal cancer over the next ten years. In addition, researchers report that during the first three months of the COVID-19 pandemic, diagnostic and screening mammograms have decreased over 80%. There has also been a 50% decline in visits to primary care physicians. All these plus disruptions in diagnostic tests, lab work and delayed appointments are all likely to have an impact on cancer patients.
As part of the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it is time to encourage women to get checked, make healthy choices, and take care of their breast health. In addition, people are encouraged to make donations and support this cause so that more and more women can be offered the help and support they need.
- Improve your knowledge and increase awareness by educating themselves about breast health. The National Breast Cancer Foundation Inc. offers a free eBook, Breast Problems That Aren’t Breast Cancer to help woman learn about common breast problems that they may not know about.
- Perform a self exam monthly. This simple action SAVES LIVES.
- If you or a loved one has suffered from breast cancer share their stories, as knowledge is power.
Regardless of the action, the goal is the same….. to spread as much information about breast cancer as possible and to ensure we are all better equipped to fight this deadly disease.
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