In October, you will notice a lot more information and events centered around breast cancer, and that is because the month of October has been designated as the Pink Month or Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM) by major breast cancer charities.
In the United States, an estimated 276,480 women and 2,620 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. However, high the figures, advances in research, and increased screenings have reduced death rates from breast cancer. Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM) aims to build on that and continue to improve early detection and survival rates for people with breast cancer.
What is Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM)?
It is an international health campaign set up by breast cancer charities to raise funds for breast cancer research. It is also intended to educate people about the disease and highlight the importance of early screenings.
Why Dedicate a Full Month to Breast Cancer Awareness?
The entire month of October, you will notice a flood of information about breast cancer. Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM) is a worldwide campaign that is held not just in the United States but in other countries, too, including developing countries. Worldwide, there are walks, runs, the wearing of pink ribbons, and the use of pink-colored clothing and products to highlight breast cancer awareness.
Information that educates people about the disease, including signs and symptoms, risk factors, detection strategies, screenings, and treatment methods, become the focus for the month. There is also a lot of support for people diagnosed with breast cancer, breast cancer survivors, and family and friends affected by it.
This month-long dedication to breast cancer awareness can save lives. With more attention being directed toward awareness, early detection, treatment, and palliative care, more people can benefit from it.
Advances in medical technology have improved detection rates and treatments. The over 3.8 million breast cancer survivors among us are proof of this. However, with continuing advancements in the field of research, we can add more to that number. To date, most men and women who survive are those who were able to get an early diagnosis. Research is being done to improve the survival rate – regardless of the stage of cancer diagnosed.
What To Do Next
This month, if you aren’t already, get involved and become more proactive with your breast health. Schedule a risk assessment if you are in your 30s to determine if you are considered high-risk — which means you should start regular screenings. If you are at average risk, schedule screening when you turn 40. Ask your primary care provider about when to start screening for breast cancer.
Diagnostic Testing Center in the Bronx
Starling Diagnostics is focused on providing women’s specialty healthcare through cutting-edge diagnostics and screenings. We provide ultrasound and 3D mammograms designed for your convenience and comfort. We are proud to serve our community, support breast cancer research, and be involved in the campaign for breast cancer awareness.