According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 200,000 Americans are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. The odds of surviving breast cancer have increased significantly over the past 20 years, as awareness and prevention methods are spreading. As hopeful as this is, there are still far too many people whose lives are affected by breast cancer.
What is Breast Cancer Awareness Month?
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month was founded in 1985 to encourage women to get mammograms for early detection of breast cancer. Early detection is vital for effective treatment of all cancers, and it is important that the public is aware of this to protect themselves. It is also important that women and men are educated about breast cancer symptoms and warning signs.
Know breast cancer symptoms and warning signs.
Do you know what breast cancer symptoms and warning signs are? If you experience any of the following, get in touch with your doctor as soon as possible:
- A lump in your breast
- Changes in breast size or shape
- Swelling in your armpit
- Nipple changes or discharge
- Breast pain (although it’s important to note this is uncommon)
- Breast skin that has become thick, red, and pitted-looking (like an orange peel)
- Small red bumps or a rash
The earlier breast cancer symptoms are identified, the easier it is to treat. If you haven’t had your annual mammogram (recommended by the American Cancer Society for all women beginning at age 40), celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month by taking care of yourself and getting it done.
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Help save lives: Join Making Strides against Breast Cancer.
Here at the Wedding Shoppe, we are committed to creating a world with more weddings and anniversaries, and less breast cancer. This is why we created Pink Bride
, a campaign to raise awareness and money to fight breast cancer. As part of this campaign, we participate in the annual Twin Cities Making Strides against Breast Cancer walk. This year, the walk will be held on Saturday, October 12, around Lake Nokomis. You are invited to join our team, or donate to support Making Strides, by visiting our Team Pink Bride page
Not from Minnesota? There are Making Strides against Breast Cancer walks in most major cities. Find your nearest event and create your own team!