October is a great month for so many reasons, one of which being that it brings awareness to a health issue that has affected many women in my life. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. A whole month dedicated to raising awareness, educating women and men about the disease and raising money to help contribute to finding a cure. There are so many facts about breast cancer that any people so not realize and so I decided to compile a list for those out there who want to learn more about it and help contribute and work to help find a cure:
· The leading risk for breast cancer is simply being a woman. It is 100 times more common in women then in men.
· 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.
· In Colorado in 2017, 74 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer each week.
· About 85% occurs in women who have NO family history of breast cancer (that’s why it is imperative that everyone gets checked, even if you have no family history of the disease).
· About 1 in 1,000 men are diagnosed annually with breast cancer.
· Breast cancer remains the second-leading cause of cancer death after lung cancer. In the United States, breast cancer deaths are second to heart disease in women.
· Exercise reduces the risk of breast cancer for women of all body types.
· In 2017, it's estimated that among U.S. women there will be:
o 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer
o 40,610 breast cancer deaths
So what can you do this month to help bring awareness? Well first off, all the women reading over the age of 40 this should go get a mammogram this month. Yes they are unpleasant and no one likes them but they are important! Here are also some events around town to participate in:
American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk
Sunday, October 22
Village Center Station, 6363 S. Fiddlers Green Circle in Greenwood Village
Real Men Wear Pink
Men from across the community are taking a stand against breast cancer by raising funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society by wearing pink during the month of October.
There have already been lots of events this month including the huge Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in early October where thousands of participants showed up to walk/run the amazing event to raise money and awareness. If you would like to learn more about giving for the cause and good places to donate, this website has some great insight: http://www.komencolorado.org/komen-colorado/
Wear your pink clothes or your pink ribbons this month, get involved and bring awareness to this terrible disease that has taken the lives of too any wonderful women.