Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month is observed every year during the month of October. The observance is a health campaign dedicated to increasing the awareness of the disease and to encouraging early breast cancer detection. October 2012 will mark the 28th year that National Breast Cancer awareness month has been observed.[1]

To celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the largest breast cancer foundation in the world, Susan G. Komen For the Cure, has been known to adorn national landmarks and monuments with pink lights. The White House in Washington DC, the Dallas city hall, and the Tropicana hotel and casino in Las Vegas are among the numerous American structures decked out in pink for the occasion.[2]

Flickr: Scott Meis Photography
Held during the month of October[2]
Began 1985[3]
Breast cancer is 2nd most common cancer in women, after skin cancer[4]
Warning signs Lump in breast or underarm, swelling of some part of the breast, pain in the breast, non-milky discharge from the nipples[5]
Breast cancer detection methods Breast exam, mammogram, MRI[4]
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Author Allison Hughes


About Breast Cancer

Breast cancer affects one in every seven women who live to the age of 85; a small proportion of those affected are men.[6]

There are many known risk factors for breast cancer: beginning menstruation at a young age; older age at first birth; never giving birth; having benign breast disease; having a mother or sister with breast cancer; drinking alcohol; Caucasian race; radiation treatment to the breast or chest area; taking hormones like estrogen or progesterone.[6]

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Cancer Society, over 200,000 women will be diagnosed with the disease, and over 40,000 will die every year, 99% of them women.[7] Some of these deaths may be prevented with early intervention, which is possible when women have mammograms to get screened regularly for this disease.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a time when women are encouraged to undergo mammograms in order to detect any cancerous tissue as early as possible. Other tests that may be used to detect breast cancer are clinical examinations, breast self exams, and magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI.[7]


Breast Cancer Awareness Month Information

Breast Cancer Awareness month was started in 1985 by American Academy of Family Physicians and the drug company AstraZeneca, a supplier of cancer treatment drugs such as Arimidex® and Tamoxifen®. Today, it is an international campaign organized by breast cancer charities and government agencies, with the main goals of spreading information about breast cancer and fundraising for medical research.[3]

Throughout the month, a variety of media, sports franchises, entertainment groups, and more support Breast Cancer Awareness Month by wearing pink ribbons, designated sports attire, and other symbolic garments. The NFL, for example, wear gear to support awareness. Attire includes pink whistles for the referees, pink ribbons on game balls, pink cleats and towels, and a pink coin for the game beginning coin toss, pink chin cups, cleats and towels, pink ribbons on game balls, and pink whistles for referees[8]

Breast Cancer Awareness Month Kickoff

The founder and CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Nancy G. Brinker, gives a speech to start off Breast Cancer Awareness Month


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