October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
In an effort to raise awareness about the importance of early detection of breast cancer, the Mayor and City Council issued a proclamation declaring October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same.
Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. Women have a 1-in-70 chance of getting breast cancer at age 40, and the risk through a woman’s whole life is 1 in 8. Less than 1% of breast cancer cases happen in men. The chances of getting breast cancer go up as you get older.
Finding breast cancer early and getting state-of-the-art cancer treatment are the most important strategies to prevent deaths from breast cancer. Millions of women are surviving the disease thanks in part to early detection and improvements in treatment. Breast cancer that’s found early, when it’s small and has not spread, is easier to treat successfully. Getting regular screening tests is the most reliable way to find breast cancer early. The American Cancer Society has screening guidelines for women at average risk of breast cancer, and for those at high risk for breast cancer.
Make a difference! Use these resources and links to spread the word about steps women can take to detect breast cancer early.