As you probably know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. But did you know that 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime?
Here are some other alarming facts about breast cancer:
- Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.
- Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death in women.
- Each year it is estimated that over 220,000 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die.
The good news is when breast cancer is detected early, the 5-year survival rate is 98%! This is why it is so important to have an early detection plan. Here are some steps you can take to help prevent breast cancer:
- Conduct a regular breast self-exam
- Be physically active
- Eat a healthy diet
- Get an annual physical exam
- Know your family history
One of my grandmothers was diagnosed with breast cancer and later died from the cancer which spread to her liver. Knowing my family history, I make sure to get an annual physical exam and conduct monthly self-exams.
During the month of October, there are many great ways you can contribute to help fund the fight against breast cancer. Here some of my favorite ways to “think pink” this month:
Ladies, our health is important so remember that early detection and prevention are key!