Be Sure To Know Your Breast Cancer Facts

By Siobhan Clarke

Look around and what do you see? People of all races and genders connected by one thing: breasts!

October is a special month dedicated to breast cancer awareness. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the United States. Millions of people are affected, both women as well as men. Every October, there is a movement to educate and empower people around the world about breast health. The color pink is now the international symbol of breast cancer awareness. Around the community, pink appears in and on everything – from ribbons, to billboards, athletes uniforms, cans of soup or yogurts in the grocery store to stylish bracelets and lapel pins.

Breast cancer is a malignant tumor that grows in one or both of the breasts. It usually develops in the ducts or lobules, also known as the milk-producing areas of the breasts. No one is immune. Anyone with breast tissue – men and women – is at risk for developing breast cancer. But only one percent of men and one in eight women will develop breast cancer. The fight is great but survival rates are on the rise, as detection and treatments improve. Knowing your risks – and what you can do to reduce your risks – is a great way to raise your personal breast cancer awareness. Keep in mind that your breast health is your responsibility.

In order to protect yourself, take some of these suggestions into consideration. Set up regular dates to get a mammogram. Keep track of changes, screenings, and test results. Remember that early detection does help save lives, and that you are your own first line of defense.

What’s the significance of pink and how does it relate to Breast Cancer Awareness Month ( BCAM )? The pink symbolizes the fight against breast cancer. It reminds us of our risks, responsibilities, and raising breast cancer awareness. It is also worn to show support for those whose lives have been touched by the disease. There are many ways to enjoy Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Local events taking place right in our community give each of us the opportunity to support the cause.

Mercy College Volley Ball team “Dug Pink” in their effort to fight against breast cancer. Wearing pink shorts and receiving pledges, they were able to make a contribution to the Side-Out Foundation.

Now the ball is in your court! You can make a difference and support the cause while having a good time, getting some exercise, or even writing a check. It doesn’t just stop with the month of October. In New York City the Susan G. Komen foundation is a big patron for the cause ando hosts events all year round. By following it on twitter you can find out the next celebration and get involved.

Countless lives have been touched by breast cancer – you probably know several people whom you could celebrate.

So go pink! Take part in the