I’m a bit late with a post on BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH. But as they say…. better late than never! I love that there is a designated month to be more aware of this horrible disease and for us all to consider how we can support and help. I’m pulling a lot of my thoughts from this blog that I read, that I found to be really enlightening!
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is about more than awareness of the disease, it is about making people aware of the challenges that remain, it is about removing barriers to care for the people it affects, it is about reducing the disparities that exist across races, genders and ethnicities, and it is about reminding people that one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
ONE IN EIGHT WOMEN, is astounding! That proves to be more than true in my own family, of nine women. I’ve had two sister-in-laws that have been diagnosed with breast cancer, and one just within the last month. Sometimes it feels very hard to know what to say to someone dealing with breast cancer. You want to support, but the whole CANCER thing can be intimidating.
One of the best ways to support those in our lives who are dealing with this, is to educate ourselves and to donate. So that is my purpose here, is to shed some light as well as give you a link where you can donate.
The biggest risks to getting breast cancer are your inherited genes, being overweight, and being older. Of course there are other reasons too, and really EVERYONE (even men) is at risk. There are so many things to learn about BREAST CANCER. And we don’t really know what specifically causes it. It can be so many things, no one really knows.
We know more about breast cancer than ever before. We know it isn’t just one disease, but a family of diseases – each with a different “personality”, characteristics, appearances and behaviors. We know there at least four main subtypes of breast cancer, and there are at least an additional six subtypes for one of the four. This information has led researchers to learn more about specific types of breast cancer and develop specific treatments that aim to kill the cancer cells and prevent them from recurring or coming back.
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