PINK-TOBER: Early Detection Saves Lives

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Did you know that the most frequent cancer for women worldwide is breast cancer? Breast cancer is a disease in which cells in the breast develop uncontrollably and early detection is important for treatment. Symptoms of breast cancer include a lump in the breast, bloody discharge from the nipple and changes in the shape or texture of the nipple or breast.

The Breast Cancer Awareness movement aims to increase public awareness and reduce the stigma of breast cancer through education on symptoms and treatment. The movement  encourages women of average risk to live a breast-healthy lifestyle. This entails, but is not limited to: 

  • Maintaining a healthy weight;
  • Exercising frequently;
  • Staying hydrated;
  • Eating a healthy, balanced diet;
  • Taking vitamins, especially vitamin D;

Thousands of lives could be saved each year if people were more aware of the signs and symptoms of cancer. Seeking out help as soon as possible is key as treatment is usually more effective in the early stages of detection. Thus, regular screenings and a healthy lifestyle are crucial to reduce a woman’s risk for developing breast cancer. 

How did the ‘PinkTober’ month come along? 

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This month became nationally recognized in 1985 with the initial goal of increasing early detection of the disease by encouraging women to get mammograms. As time has gone by the movement has become one of celebrating the strength of breast cancer survivors whilst simultaneously advocating and educating the public on the realities of breast cancer.

Ultimately, the goal is to get as many people as possible involved in raising awareness and funds to beat breast cancer once and for all. 

The 2022 Breast Cancer Awareness theme is: Together We C.A.N

C – Change the conversation

A – Assist those impacted by breast cancer to get the information they deserve and need

N – Nurture and build a community of support.  

Adopting a routine with preventative measures is key in achieving this goal. Everyone can learn and educate the next person about breast cancer. You can do your part by sharing this article and other informative information on your socials. And feel free to tag us! 

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