October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same.
Spotting signs of breast cancer before it has a chance to progress to advanced stages is crucial. Regular mammograms for women in their forties and older is one of the best forms of early detection. Yet up to 38% of women in this age group have not had a mammogram within the last 2 years.
The good news is that the five-year breast cancer survival rate can be 100% when detected early. Many women are able to alert their doctors to potential problems by performing monthly breast self exams. For young women who don’t get mammograms, these breast exams are especially important because they can uncover problems that might otherwise go unnoticed.
There are many places to get more information on breast cancer.
Take care of your health and be proactive.
Don’t forget to wear PINK.