October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and is a time where people all over the world show their support for those affected by breast cancer.
This is an annual campaign to raise awareness about the impact of breast cancer organized by major breast cancer charities. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, excluding skin cancer. They also report that on average, every two minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States.
This year, an estimated 43,600 women will die from breast cancer in the U.S. It is extremely rare, but men can get breast cancer too and it is estimated that 2,650 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and around 530 will die from it this year.
Although those numbers seem bleak, death rates have been decreasing since 1990 thanks to better screening, early detection, increased awareness, and the improvement of treatment options.
The American Cancer Society reports that when breast cancer is detected early in the localized stage, the five-year relative survival rate is 99%. In order to detect it early, it is important to do monthly breast self-exams, and scheduling clinical breast exams and mammograms.
The color pink has easily become associated with breast cancer over the years.
This month, there will be many pink ribbons and Pink Out Night games where the players don pink uniforms in support of survivors and to honor those who lost their battle. Many businesses will participate in Breast Cancer Awareness month as well by either sporting pink attire or taking up donations.
More information about breast cancer can be found on nationalbreastcancer.org.