October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October is the month designated for the annual campaign to promote breast cancer awareness, the importance of screening and early detection. National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a public service campaign which began over 25 years ago, and since then, is promoted in communities all over by providing education and diagnostic services.
This disease is the second most common cancer behind skin cancer with a death rate that is higher than any other cancer. 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, with African American women more likely to die from it; but when detected early the survival rate is 98%. Early detection includes monthly breast self-exams, regular clinical breast exams and mammograms.
The two main reasons people don't get annual mammograms is due to limited access and fear. Getting a screening may not be exciting but who says you have to go at it alone. There are organizations like BCA and other groups that are there to aide you in the fight against breast cancer. You can even create your free early detection plan here.