Each year the month of October holds a special place in the hearts of many, especially those who have been affected by breast cancer. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This month became nationally recognized in 1985, and initially, the aim was to increase the early detection of the disease by encouraging women to have mammograms. It rose to popularity, and each year more and more attention was presented on this issue. The month is represented by the pink ribbon, which symbolizes breast cancer. During this month, you will be sure to see the color pink everywhere, as well as this important symbol of awareness.
The importance of this month is to raise awareness of such a destructive disease. It is estimated that 1 in 8 women in the United States will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. This is what makes awareness and early prevention so crucial. Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since about 1990, in part due to better screening and early detection, increased awareness, and continually improving treatment options.
2020 Events to Know About
This October, many different speakers will be hosting events about breast cancer awareness and education. Some of these speakers include Edna Campbell, Karen Mills, Anne-Louise Sterry, and others. It is also known that the third Friday in October each year is National Mammography Day. This year that date falls on October 16th, and will be celebrated as one of 2020’s events.
To get involved this October, you can sign up for newsletters, read impactful stories, and donate to raise money for more breast cancer research, and join events that help raise awareness and education. This can be done at the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s website. Here are some ways they help women in need:
- Download our free Dense Breasts Q&A Guide
- Share the story of how you or a loved one have been affected by breast cancer
- Make a one-time or monthly donation to help provide a mammogram for a woman in need
- Host a fundraiser benefiting NBCF
- Volunteer to join in Helping Women Now
- Proudly wear a pink ribbon during October or year-round
- Share about Breast Cancer Awareness Month on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or LinkedIn
When it comes to breast cancer, it’s extremely important to know the signs to detect any kind of growth early-on. According to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, the most recognized symptom of breast cancer is a lump or mass in the breast tissue.
Early signs of breast cancer consist of skin changes, an increase in shape of the breast(s), changes in the appearance of one or both nipples, nipple discharge, redness or pitting of the skin.
Signs more specific to invasive cancer are things like itchy breasts, change in breast color, increase in breast size or shape, changes in touch, peeling, or flaking of the nipple.
Cancer prevention refers to actions you can take to limit the chances of getting breast cancer, as well as things you can do to be proactive in responding to it. Getting your breasts examined and having annual cancer screenings done is a necessary step. Follow the guidance of your doctor. It’s also important to perform your own breast examination monthly. Know the signs ahead of time, and live a healthy lifestyle.
Contact a Certified Nurse-Midwife
The Certified Nurse-Midwives of the City of Oaks Midwifery provide comprehensive and holistic care to their patients in the Raleigh, NC area. That includes providing breast examination and cancer screenings through annual women’s wellness exams. Call (919) 351-8253 to schedule an appointment.