October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In honor of this month, I dedicate this post to the survivors and those dealing with the challenges of breast cancer in order to do my part in increasing awareness. During this month many medical associations and government organizations work together to promote breast cancer awareness as well. They share different treatment options, prevention tips, and ways to schedule early detection screenings.
According to the Cancer Organization, a regular breast cancer exam for women in their 20s and 30s should be taken every 3 years. Women should regularly feel and check their breasts to detect any signs of change. The American Cancer Society is taking the steps necessary to prevent cancer and increase awareness. Since 1971, the American Cancer Society has given $450.7 million towards breast cancer research grants. In addition, as of 2011 the Affordable Care Act has required new health insurance plans to cover certain preventative services including mammography screenings. When’s the last time you’ve been checked?
Do you or anyone you know have cancer? Do you want help or have questions? The American Cancer Society offers support 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. They manage every aspect of the breast cancer process including tips on prevention and survivorship. They have a support system where breast cancer survivors reach out and help individuals undergoing treatment and diagnosis through the American Cancer Society Reach To Recovery program. If you or anyone you know is suffering from breast cancer, read more about the facts and treatment options on this page:
Breast Cancer Facts & Figures