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Breast Cancer Month

Breast cancer month is in October. This is the month when survivors, friends and family members of victims and/or survivors of breast cancer come together to recognize the disease. Generally, a pink ribbon is worn by individuals who are observing breast cancer month. It is a symbol that lets individuals who are suffering from breast cancer know that people do care.

Breast cancer month is recognized internationally as a health campaign. It is put together by charities who want to increase the public’s awareness of the disease, as well as raise money to aid in breast cancer research. One of the main events that are held during breast cancer month is Race for the Cure.

Race for the Cure is gaining attention worldwide and is a popular event during breast cancer month. The first 5K race for breast cancer was held in 1999. The first race had 700 people. Now there are a million individuals who turn out to participate in the Race for the Cure. Many different cities participate in the race in the United States and races are now being organized in other countries including Australia, Germany, New Zealand, Italy, Canada and the United Kingdom to name a few.

Breast cancer month has been educating women about breast cancer and the importance of early detection, diagnosis and treatment for over 20 years. The importance of detecting breast cancer early through mammography cannot be stressed enough. Breast self exams and mammography screenings are the tools that can help women stay on top of their breast health.

Women should know the feeling of their own breasts so they can detect if there is anything abnormal going on in their breasts. Any type of lump or knot in the breast area or arm pit should be noted and a female should visit her doctor for testing. Luckily, mammography can detect changes in the breasts and lumps before they can even be felt. It is important that women get routine mammograms.

Mammography can catch breast cancer in its earliest stages and since its implementation it has reduced the mortality rate of breast cancer by 20 to 30 %. Women should get their first mammogram at the age of 35 and have one every two years after the age of 40. Once a woman is 50 years of age she should have a mammogram annually.

Women who have a family history of breast cancer should begin mammograms at earlier age. Females with a history of breast cancer in their family should take the diagnosis age of their family member and subtract ten years from that age. This would be the age a woman should start receiving her yearly mammograms. For instance, if a woman has a mother who was diagnosed with breast cancer at 40, it is generally recommended that the woman start receiving yearly mammograms at age 30.

Breast cancer month is bringing the subject of breast cancer to the foreground. No longer do women feel they have to hide a breast cancer diagnosis out of embarrassment. Breast cancer month greatly aids both the medical community and the victims of the disease.

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