As we move forward into November, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on last month’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Breast Cancer Awareness month celebrates advancements in breast cancer treatment and breast reconstruction. It is also a time to reflect and acknowledge all those who have ever gone through this battle. But, most important to Breast Cancer Awareness Month, is the awareness. Breast Cancer Awareness month brings into the public eye prevention methods and habits.
With 1 in 8 women diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, I am struck by the fact that this diseases touches every person in some way. Maybe you’ve been diagnosed. Maybe your mother. Maybe your aunt. Maybe your sister. And, yes, maybe even your father.
That’s why we must all do our part to contribute all year, all the time.
Let’s not limit breast cancer awareness to October. Breast cancer awareness starts with the next generation. If you are a parent of girls, open the conversation now. Help your daughters understand that breast health starts with a healthy lifestyle. Next comes self-examinations and being open with their physicians about their concerns. This is especially important if there is family history of breast cancer. However, it’s important to remember that more than 80% of breast cancers are diagnosed in woman with no family history.
Regardless of who you are, male or female, learn and spread breast cancer awareness. There are many resources available. If you don’t know where to start, try BreastCancer.org. Regardless, be aware every month of the year.
by Anthony Carnemolla
Vice President of Sales