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Breast Cancer Awareness Month aims to increase awareness across the country about this worldwide health problem.
In collaboration with survivors, government agencies, medical organizations, and volunteer groups, money is raised for research. This research is important in order to find new ways to prevent and detect breast cancer early. Additionally, these groups work together to inform women about the importance of having regular mammograms and describe prevention and early detection strategies.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but how did it originate?
The first official National Breast Cancer Awareness Month took place in October 1985. This was when the United States’ first organized effort to raise awareness about breast cancer began. Since then, campaigns to raise public awareness of this illness have grown and expanded.
Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer affecting women. According to 2008 statistics, 1.38 million new incidents were reported worldwide. Also, on a planetwide basis, there were 458,000 deaths as a result of this disease. North America presently has the world’s highest incidence rate for breast cancer-related situations.
Why the pink ribbon?
The pink ribbon is a symbol of Breast Cancer Awareness Month throughout the world. It was first introduced in October 1992 by SELF Magazine. Alexandra Penney, SELF’s editor, collaborated with Estée Lauder and Evelyn H. Lauder, then vice presidents of Estée Lauder’s cosmetics company.
Estée Lauder sold 1.5 million pink ribbons at its counters worldwide as a result of the campaign, with half of them going to individuals affected by breast cancer. Then, in 1998, after suffering from breast cancer herself, Lauder established The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), which has raised more than $325 million for cancer research since then.
How can you honour this month?
- Every day in October, wear a pink ribbon.
- Organize a walk or run to raise money for NBCA Month.
- Collect scarves and hats or donate your hair that you can later give to breast cancer patients.
- On your social media sites, post things that support NBCA Month.
- Urge women in your life to get a mammogram on a regular basis.
Know Your Risk
Did you know that 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lives? While there’s no guaranteed way to prevent cancer, being proactive about your health is important.