Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October helps to make people know about this health issue that affects millions of women. Medical societies, non-profit organizations, and government agencies help in raising money for fund research. In addition, it makes women aware of getting frequent mammograms to detect breast cancer in its early stages and to prevent its growth.
It is also the most common type of cancer that affects women. According to 2008 statistics, there were reports of 1.38 million cases worldwide. Some further noted a death rate of 4,58,000 women due to breast cancer. October, therefore, makes women aware of the risks of breast cancer.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month – October
During October, several companies try to drive up their sales with inspirational quotes and pink ribbons. Most of them contribute a large percentage of their sales to the cause of breast cancer. This includes the sale of pink products.
To support the survivors of breast cancer, we can contribute to their small businesses. This will help them to gain some amount of financial support. This is why it is important to be aware not only about the disease but also about the sufferers of this disease. Joining non-profit organizations will also help to spread the word.
October also reminds women of getting screened so that they can beat cancer and live a long, happy, and healthy life. The five-year survival rate has now increased to eighty-nine percent in the past few years. As a result, these women will enjoy a higher rate of mortality.
However, doctors advise women not to wait too long to perform their screening. As the more they delay, the more disastrous the after-effects will be. After early detection, doctors can treat patients with breast-conserving therapy.