October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States. It is an important time to raise awareness for this disease and attempt to prevent the disease (or detect it in its early stages). Staying at a healthy weight, being physically active, and limiting how much alcohol you drink can help reduce your risk of breast cancer. Regular screening can often find breast cancer early when treatments are more likely to be successful.
The most common symptom of breast cancer is a new lump or mass. It is important to have any new breast mass, lump or change checked by a health care provider.
Breast cancer incidence had been increasing in the decades leading up to 2000. Since 2000, the breast cancer incidence rate has been decreasing thanks to breakthroughs in prevention and treatment.
There are a myriad of ways you can help with this cause. Please visit cancer.org to find out how to help.