Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point.
Good News: Many women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early! A mammogram – the screening test for breast cancer – can help find breast cancer early when it’s easier to treat.
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a chance to raise awareness about the importance of early detection of breast cancer. Spread the word about mammograms and encourage communities, organizations, family members, and individuals to take action. Make a difference!
>> What Are Some Risk Factors?
- Being a Woman
- Family History
- Radiation to Chest or Face Before Age 30
- Being Overweight
- Menstrual History
- See more (here)
>> How can National Breast Cancer Awareness make a difference?
Here are some ideas I came up with:
- Schedule a mammogram! I have found some programs like, Mobile Mammography Program, provides free mammography screenings to women in the D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia community centers, clinics and churches. Go ahead and search for similar programs in your area.
- Ask doctors and nurses to speak to women about the importance of getting screened for breast cancer.
- Encourage women ages 40 to 49 to talk with their doctors about when to start getting mammograms.
- Have a clinical breast exam at least every 3 years starting at age 20, and every year starting at age 40.
- Wear Pink and keep the conversation going!
>> Go Forth and Spread Awareness, little birdies