October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and a chance to raise awareness about the importance of early detection and treatment options for breast cancer. While the pink ribbon, the symbol of breast cancer awareness, has increased public awareness, advocates say, “There’s more to breast cancer awareness than just wearing pink,” and are reminding women and men not to be lulled into inaction when it comes to breast cancer.
In 2017, an estimated 255,180 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S. alone, along with 63,410 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer. During the same period, some 2,470 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in men, with about 460 dying from breast cancer.
The good news is that many diagnosed with breast cancer can survive if the cancer is found and treated early. National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a chance to raise awareness about the importance of early detection of and treatment options for breast cancer.
The Unitex family lends its voice to breast cancer patients, survivors and healthcare professions in our united invitation for EVERYONE over 30 to conduct a self-breast examination, for women ages 40 to 49 to talk with their doctors about scheduling mammograms, and for women ages 50 to 74 to get a mammogram every 2 years. For more information about breast cancer visit the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org.