October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

breast cancer ribbon on pink

When you think of October images of pumpkins, spider webs, ghosts, ghouls, and goblins often spring to mind. However, there is one uninvited ghoul that lingers throughout this month waiting to claim another victim: Breast Cancer. Each year almost 200,000 Americans—men and women alike—are diagnosed with breast cancer and there is over 40,000 deaths from the disease. Instead of October being the month of scare tactics and spooky decorations, this year make October a month to wear something new, a pink ribbon to support breast cancer awareness, survivors living with it or who are in remission, and those who have succumbed to the disease.

Although breast cancer is the second most common form of cancer (the first being skin cancer) among women, it is the seventh leading cause of death overall, meaning males are also susceptible to breast cancer.

Instead of just seeing pink items touting breast cancer on shelves this October, you may also see supporters all over the country marching for the cause. To find a cure, thousands of men, women, and children around the United States will be joining breast cancer walks throughout the month and wearing pink proudly. Join a walk or donate to one today in your area by visiting the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month website. Large-scale walks are the Breast Cancer 3-day and the Avon Walk but there are also numerous opportunities to help support your community’s well-being.

If you or someone close to you has recently been diagnosed, you can visit the American Cancer Society’s website for resources in helping everyone affected deal with the diagnosis and treatment options. One of the most important parts of dealing with cancer (or any type of disease) is to stay positive; another is to have a great support system.

Over the next month, don’t be afraid of what cancer might do to you, and take advantage of what you can do for cancer.