October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. According to the National Cancer Institute, breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women. Although rare, men can get breast cancer, too. Since 1985, October has been a time to increase awareness and encourage everyone to stay informed to know the risk factors, symptoms, and how to detect signs of breast cancer.
Stay informed. Take the time to review the following resources regarding breast cancer this month:
- From the CDC, learn more about when it’s time to start getting mammograms.
- Listen to a podcast to learn more about breast cancer and also hear stories of hope and strength from breast cancer survivors.
- Learn how to implement a self-exam into your monthly routine.
- Participate in Pink Week from October 4th – October 6th with a series of both virtual and in-person events.
- Take the Mammogram Pledge – a pledge to prioritize your health through both annual screenings and mammograms, specifically for women over the age of 40.
- Observe National Mammography Day, October 21st, by scheduling a mammogram.