You may have seen an increase in pink ribbons during the past week or so. Perhaps as a regular reader of this blog, you remember the Octobers in the past in which I have written here about breast cancer. Perhaps you have noticed that Ellen DeGeneres has been devoting time to it. If the pink ribbons are setting off an alarm in your brain, that's a good thing. This is breast cancer awareness month and the whole idea is to make people more aware.
Women should certainly be more aware. Early detection can and does save lived. Also, did you know that breast cancer can occur in men. Over 2,000 men are diagnosed each year. Find out more at http://1.usa.gov/1pMJvou
According to the Centers for Disease Control, about one in eight women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point. This isn't something we should be afraid of though. If breast or ovarian cancer runs in your family, talk with your doctor. Get the facts. Stay informed. Get regular checkups.
What can we do to wipe out breast cancer? Well the good news is that this is very treatable and, as I have said, early detection is so very important. Still, research and treatments are ongoing and organizations like the American Cancer Society can always use volunteers and donations. They are also an excellent source of information. Wear a pink ribbon this month and stay aware!