Every year, worldwide, October is the Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Each year, there are nearly 1.38 million cases and nearly 450 000 deaths from breast cancer. According to the World Health Organization, this type of cancer is the most common in women worldwide. According to the Office of Disease Prevention And Health Promotion, about 1 in 8 women in the United States will get breast Cancer at some point.
During the Breast Cancer Awareness month, we encourage every woman to get screening tests, because indeed, the best way to prevent more deaths from Cancer, is through early detection. As stated by the American Cancer Society:
- The 5-year relative survival rate for women with stage 0 or stage I breast cancer is close to 100%
- For women with stage II breast cancer, the 5-year relative survival rate is about 93%.
- The 5-year relative survival rate for stage III breast cancers is about 72%. But often, women with these breast cancers can be successfully treated.
What can be done to promote the awareness of the problem
- Join one of the local events near you: The Susan G Comen non-profit organization, has a tool to help you find a Breast Cancer Awareness event near you
- Inform yourself about the collaborating organizations in the NBCAM: The NBCAM is the joint effort of many organizations in the USA, find out more about their goals and achievements here
- Encourage every woman you know about the importance of getting screened for cancer
- Organize your own event to give information about Breast Cancer in your local community
- Use social networks to let the world know about the problem and how it can be prevented
But overall if you know any women fighting against Cancer, give them emotional support. Make them know they are not alone in their struggle.