breast cancer awareness month

Octo­ber is Breast Can­cer Aware­ness Month — an annu­al cam­paign ded­i­cat­ed to high­light­ing the impor­tance of breast can­cer detec­tion, edu­ca­tion and research with the ulti­mate goal of find­ing a per­ma­nent cure. Togeth­er, we can work to beat breast can­cer in our com­mu­ni­ty by spread­ing aware­ness and tak­ing time to con­sid­er the ben­e­fits of get­ting screened. By shar­ing knowl­edge and insight with one anoth­er, any­one and every­one can help us to Paint Laramie Pink this October.

what is breast cancer?

Breast can­cer is cre­at­ed when cells in the breast grow out of con­trol, form­ing a tumor that can be felt as a lump or seen on an x‑ray. Breast can­cers can start from dif­fer­ent areas in the breast — most begin in the ducts that car­ry milk to the nip­ple or form in the glands that cre­ate breast milk.

sta­tis­tics

  • 1 in 8 women will devel­op breast can­cer in their lifetime.*
  • With ear­ly detec­tion, the five-year sur­vival rate is near­ly 100%.*
  • 85% of women diag­nosed with breast can­cer have no fam­i­ly his­to­ry of it.**

first steps for screening

Detect­ing breast can­cer as ear­ly as pos­si­ble leads to bet­ter care and more options. Many who are diag­nosed with breast can­cer do not exhib­it symp­toms of breast can­cer — this is why screen­ings are so impor­tant. Com­mon screen­ing tests include clin­i­cal breast exams and mam­mo­grams. For those at a high­er risk of breast can­cer, breast MRI may be used.

out­side resources

Find addi­tion­al infor­ma­tion on Breast Can­cer and Breast Can­cer Aware­ness Month by fol­low­ing the links below.

*U.S. breast can­cer sta­tis­tics. breast​cancer​.org. http://​www​.breast​cancer​.org/​s​y​m​p​t​o​m​s​/​u​n​d​e​r​s​t​a​n​d​_​b​c​/​s​t​a​t​i​stics. Accessed May 24, 2017. **http://​www​.can​cer​.org/​c​a​n​c​e​r​/​b​r​e​a​s​t​-​c​a​n​c​e​r​/​u​n​d​e​r​s​t​a​n​d​i​n​g​-​a​-​b​r​e​a​s​t​-​c​a​n​c​e​r​-​d​i​a​g​n​o​s​i​s​/​b​r​e​a​s​t​-​c​a​n​c​e​r​-​s​u​r​v​i​v​a​l​-​r​a​t​e​s​.html. Accessed May 242017.