October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
For 31 days, pink will be everywhere you look- pink ribbons, pink T-shirts, and high profile athletes wearing pink shoes. All for a great cause.
This month is about so much more than pink ribbons, shirts, and shoes. It’s about understanding compassion and progress. The more we know about breast cancer, the more we can work together to find a cure and support those whose lives have been impacted.
Prevention with a healthy plan
Unfortunately, there’s no sure way to prevent breast cancer. However, you can lower your risk by-
-Maintaining a healthy weight
-Getting regular exercise
-Limiting or avoiding alcohol
Early detection saves lives
Breast cancer doesn’t always announce itself with symptoms. That’s why regular screenings, including mammograms, are so important. Screenings can find cancer early, when it’s easier to treat.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends women ages 50 to 74, who are at average risk for breast cancer, get a mammogram every two years.