It’s October 5th and you’ve probably already heard — it’s Breast Cancer Awareness month. Because Breast Cancer is the second most common cancer among women after skin cancer, it makes sense that it has its own month. Every woman I know started out in this world with breasts, and if you have breasts, breast cancer can strike.
Some fast stats from the CDC regarding breast cancer:
In 2006,* 191,410 women were diagnosed with breast cancer, and 40,820 women died from the disease.
Breast cancer is the number one cause of cancer death in Hispanic women. It is the second most common cause of cancer death in white, black, Asian/Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaska Native women.
Remember awhile back when the effectiveness of mammograms were questioned? Last week the American Cancer Society published an article stating their position that mammograms are effective, especially for women in their 40s. Their other major recommendation is just common awareness of what one’s breasts look and feel like normally, so if a change occurs, it will be noticed.
Speaking of one’s breasts….wanna see some pictures? Check out the 9th Annual Blogger Boobie-Thon. It’s a fun way to raise awareness and get your lady bits on the Internet for a good cause! (note, however, they’ve followed Selena’s advice, and their lady bits are anonymous — smart ladies!)