October is Breast Cancer Awareness month which is fast approaching and you can help spread awareness very easily. For those working outside the home, the work environment is a great place to show your support and educate more people.
Did you know that women perform half the labor in America? An estimated 40,000 women will die from breast cancer each year. Mature women are diagnosed with the disease but more deaths occur in younger women. The reason is lack of awareness, younger women do not get tested often if at all. Your education efforts to promoting awareness will encourage and teach women how to check themselves and more often. An increased cognizance, assures 95% of those diagnosed early can survive this life threatening disease. Approximately 45% of the women diagnosed are career women, further identifying the importance of campaigning and educating in the work environment.
Women with adolescent and teenage daughters can begin teaching their daughters self checks monthly around their cycle to establish a healthy routine early on. Furthermore this increased awareness discourages young women from taking for granted changes in their body and will ensure they seek medical guidance when issues and questions arise.
Although Breast cancer awareness started a quarter of a century ago, the efforts gained national attention through a presidential proclamation in 1993, designating the third Friday of October as “National Mammography Day” In turn the entire month of October became National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. That’s just how serious this really is.
Some common misunderstandings about breast cancer:
1. There is not normally pain or discomfort in the early stages of breast cancer. This is one issue of lack of awareness. Many believe they will be in pain or feel ill.
2. Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer that women are diagnosed with.
3. Women have a 1 in 8 chance of developing breast cancer. In women with a history of breast cancer in their family, the odds more than double.
4. Over 1 million women will develop breast cancer worldwide in a year’s time, however only approximately 200,000 – 225,000 will be diagnosed with it, due to lack of awareness and understanding about the disease.
An individual campaign can be as simple as wearing and passing out pins and/or brochures or celebrating women through events such as fashion shows, banquets, parades, etc. While displaying and distributing breast cancer information and relevant resources. By becoming proactive an anyway, to educate and spread awareness, you will not only be helping your community, you will also obtain great self satisfaction through your efforts.
The official websites for the National Breast Cancer Foundation , National Breast Cancer Awareness Month,and American Cancer Association, provide more information, free downloadable brochures, logos, and information for you to use in launching your own campaign. Link here:
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Peace and joy to those who are battling cancer, lost loved ones to cancer, and those who have overcome cancer. Thanks for reading and supporting your community!
~ Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.~ Dale Carnegie