Breast Cancer Awareness Month

By: Kassidy Vickers

During the month of October, we raise awareness of the impacts to those who have, or still continue to suffer from breast cancer. The goal of this month is to get as many people involved in raising awareness, and to earn funds to help support the life-saving and life-changing research and medical support. 

So, what is breast cancer? Breast cancer is a type of cancer in which the cells in the breast grow out of control. Unfortunately, breast cancer is a fairly common disease and around 12.9%  of women in the U.S. today will develop breast cancer at some point in their lives. This is about 1 in 8 women being diagnosed. Other than skin cancer, it is the most common form of cancer worldwide. This is also not a disease that only affects women. About 1 out of every 100 cases of breast cancer in the U.S. is men. On average, every 2 minutes someone is diagnosed with breast cancer. 

There are many organizations in the U.S. and all around the world that are helping advance the research for breast cancer. One of the largest breast cancer organizations is the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). Other organizations include the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the American Cancer Society. These organizations are really helping make a difference for breast cancer. 

This October, you can spread the word and get as many people involved and educated on breast cancer as possible. You can show your support for this month by wearing pink, sharing your knowledge on breast cancer, or even by donating to one of the many charities supporting the resolution to breast cancer. Every person counts and no voice goes unheard. Let’s make this month bigger than ever starting with your support!

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