October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October has been deemed National Breast Cancer Awareness Month throughout the nation for almost 40 years. Every year, it is used to raise awareness of breast cancer, including metastatic breast cancer (MBC), and the value of early identification and prompt, effective treatment.
Who Aids Breast Cancer Survivors and Pushes for Breast Cancer Awareness?
Due to an emphasis on early detection and advancements in treatment, Susan G. Komen (the largest supporter of breast cancer awareness and research) has contributed to lowering breast cancer mortality rates since 1989. However, this progress is now in danger. Many people put off their routine screenings during the COVID-19 pandemic, which also slowed down the advancement of both therapy and research. By addressing the most pressing needs in our communities and funding ground-breaking research to prevent and treat breast cancer, Susan G. Komen is still working to save lives year-round.
Who is Affected by Breast Cancer?
Except for skin cancers, breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer in women in the US. 30% (or 1 in 3) of all new cases of female cancer each year are caused by it.
According to the American Cancer Society's projections, there will be an estimated: There will be 287,850 new instances of invasive breast cancer in women. There will be 51,400 new diagnoses of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS). From breast cancer, 43,250 women will pass away.
Women in their middle years and older tend to develop breast cancer. At the time of breast cancer diagnosis, the average age is 62. As a result, 62 years of age or younger is the average age at which breast cancer in women is discovered. Women under 45 who have been diagnosed with breast cancer are extremely rare.
In general, a woman's lifetime risk of acquiring breast cancer in the United States is around 13%. According to this, she has a 1 in 8 probability of developing breast cancer. This also implies that she has a 7 out of 8 chance of never contracting the illness.
In the United States, there are currently more than 3.8 million breast cancer survivors. This applies to both those who are currently receiving treatment and those who have finished it.
Symbol for Supporting Breast Cancer Awareness
An international breast cancer awareness symbol is the pink ribbon. Pink ribbons and the color pink in general serve to draw attention to breast cancer awareness and to show moral support for breast cancer patients. During National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, pink ribbons are most frequently spotted.
Displaying the pink ribbon is a great way to symbolize that you stand with those who fight or have fought this disease that affects so many women each year, but what other ways can you show your support for breast cancer awareness during the month of October?
Wear Pink to Show Your Support!
As previously mentioned, the universal breast cancer symbol is a pink ribbon. One simple approach to encourage those battling breast cancer is to wear a pink ribbon or pink clothing. Choose your favorite pink attire and implore your loved ones to do the same. Pink everything, including the nails, hair, cosmetics, and jewelry. This October, "think pink" creatively.
Support a Cancer Patient
You can support a loved one who has been diagnosed with breast cancer in a variety of ways. To aid your loved one, you can plan meal deliveries, transportation, and other tasks. Through the use of an online social media network and planner, you can assist in uniting the patient's family, friends, and workplace. Keeping everyone informed about your loved one's condition is simple with CaringBridge. can be used to leave notes of support and love from friends and family.
Share Facts and Statistics to Promote Awareness
Both the American Cancer Society and the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. provide excellent resources for finding out more about breast cancer. Here are some statistics and facts provided by those groups:
- For women, breast cancer is the most prevalent type of cancer.
- A woman is given a breast cancer diagnosis every two minutes.
- One lady will pass away from breast cancer every 13 minutes.
- There are currently more than 3.3 million breast cancer survivors living in the United States.
- Not all women develop breast cancer. One in 1,000 men will be told they have breast cancer.
- Alcohol consumption raises the possibility of breast cancer.
- Only 5-10% of those who are diagnosed with breast cancer come from families where the illness has occurred.
There are many regional and international volunteer organizations that promote breast cancer awareness. The American Cancer Society (ACS), a national nonprofit health organization dedicated to curing cancer, welcomes lots of volunteers. The American Cancer Society was founded in 1913 and offers a variety of volunteer opportunities, including Relay For Life, Road to Recovery, and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. To find out more about how you may participate, click here.
Get Educated About Breast Cancer Screenings!
Before it occurred to them, a lot of women never anticipated being diagnosed with breast cancer. Knowing your breast cancer risk factors can aid in early discovery, which improves treatment options.
By encouraging your female friends and relatives to obtain mammograms and teaching them how to inspect their breasts for abnormalities, you can raise awareness of breast cancer. Set a good example for others. In October, many clinics provide free mammograms. Make an appointment for a mammogram, and perhaps your loved ones will do the same.
Low-income and uninsured women across the nation can receive breast cancer screenings through the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Donate Toward Research Initiatives
The search for a breast cancer cure depends heavily on research projects. They can also aid in the development of more potent preventative measures and therapeutic choices.
The National Foundation for Cancer Research (NFCR) is looking for reasons why certain women develop breast cancer and new ways to treat it. The NFCR has supported scientists and researchers working on cancer since 1973. People from all throughout the nation have held fundraisers in their neighborhoods, including sporting and art events as well as raffles.
Participate in a Run or Walk
As mentioned previously, the world's biggest and most effective breast cancer fundraising and awareness group is called Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The group organizes the nationwide series of 5K races and walks known as the Komen Race for the Cure. The 60-mile, three-day Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure is another event hosted by the organization. These events' proceeds support breast cancer research.
Organize Your Own Fundraiser
It's a great idea to hold a car wash, lemonade stand, bake sale, yard sale, or other DIY event with the revenue going to a breast cancer charity. This not only creates revenue to aid research efforts, but it is also a great way to spread awareness about prevention, early detection, and just how many women breast cancer affects each year.
Decorate a Bulletin Board
Draw on your artistic side and embellish a bulletin board in a busy location of your company. Help your teammates spread awareness by encouraging them to use their skills. You might write some breast cancer information and figures or make a themed board, like:
- Support/Tribute Board. Encourage others to send a letter of support to a friend or family member who is battling breast cancer. They might also contain tributes to breast cancer victims or survivors.
- A Pink Tree Board. Take donations all month long in October. After they donate, have them add their handprint to the tree on your bulletin board by drawing it on pink construction paper. Watching the tree "grow" as everyone contributes over the month will be entertaining and uplifting.
Display a Breast Cancer Awareness Flag
Promote breast cancer awareness and honor those whose lives have been touched by breast cancer with a flag from Carrot-Top Industries. We have five flags to choose from that support breast cancer awareness. Choose from our indoor or outdoor purposed breast cancer awareness flags to make sure that you are showing your support and raising awareness.
Let us Assist You Today!
There are numerous ways to show support for those battling breast cancer during the month of October.
Let our Customer Care Representatives assist you in placing an order for a breast cancer awareness flag. With over forty years of experience in the flag and flagpole industry, we have the expertise to make sure you are getting the right thing to show your support in the best way possible. We are proud to offer exclusive Made in the USA products, such as our American flags, as well as all five of our breast cancer awareness flags.