For those of you who are unaware, October has been designated as the official month of National Breast Cancer Awareness. Government agencies, public service organizations and professional medical associations join together in order to raise awareness, educate individuals on the severity of breast cancer, share information and facts on the disease and provide options for getting help. It is also an opportunity to host charitable events and to raise funds for research. There are still plenty of studies that need to be implemented in order to help find answers as to how breast cancer is caused, discovering preventions and helping to find a cure from this disease!
No one is immune to getting this disease but there are certainly precautions you can take and knowledge you can gain in order to stay in tuned with what is going on in your own body. One of the most common mistakes, that women in particular make, is not being checked out on a yearly basis. If you do not make being examined annually a priority then catching the disease early isn't very plausible. Since 1990, the death rates from breast cancer have actually declined because women are taking on the responsibility of getting examined and because the advances in medical technology have made it easier to detect a problem quicker. Do yourself a favor and get examined one examination may end up saving your life!
There is not much evidence to conclude just how exactly breast cancer is caused. What is known is that breast cancer is always caused by damage to a cells DNA. However, there are known risk factors that play a role in the development of breast cancer. To be clear, a risk factor is something that may cause the increase of the chances of getting a disease. Risk factors can either be genetic or behavioral and some may be restricted or changeable.
Look over the following examples:Risk Factors that are out of your control:
- Family History/Genetics
- Types of Birth Control used
- Consumption of Alcohol
- Being Overweight
- Physical Activity
Check out some of these facts and make sure you spread the word!
- 220,000 women will be diagnosed with Breast Cancer yearly in the U.S.
- 40,000 out of the 220,000, will die
- The second leading cause of death among woman is Breast Cancer
- The most commonly diagnosed cancer in woman is Breast Cancer
- Even though Breast Cancer is rare in men, 410 men will die each year because of this type of cancer.