In Honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

wpid-img_20141001_122317.jpgAs we all know, October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month where many across the nation will launch a campaign to increase awareness.

About 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. (U.S. Breast Cancer Statistics).

While breast cancer in males is rare, let’s not forget to honor and show support for them as well, who either have been diagnosed, are going through treatment, or have survived breast cancer.

Male breast cancer advocacy groups Out of the Shadow of Pink, A Man’s Pink, and the Brandon Greening Foundation for Breast Cancer in men joined together globally to establish the third week of October as “Male Breast Cancer Awareness Week” (National Breast Cancer Awareness Month). Please show your support.

There are a variety of events available that include walks where anyone is invited to participate and show support. The National Race for the Cure and Susan G. Komen 3 Day “For the Cure” are to name a few. There a number of resources, referral agencies, and support groups available to provide emotional support in the journey.

“If you learn that you have breast cancer, you may find it helpful to talk with someone who has already been through breast cancer. The American Cancer Society has a Reach To Recovery® Program,” which is “available in most communities, and is one of many programs that may help you. This program can put you in touch with a woman who has been diagnosed with and treated for breast cancer. To talk with or receive a visit from a Reach To Recovery volunteer, call your local American Cancer Society office or 1-800-227-2345” (You are not alone: Getting emotional support).”

With early detection, treatment advances, screening, and increased awareness the incidence of death rates have decreased since 1989 (U.S. Breast Cancer Statistics).

Any woman at or over the age of 40, I strongly urge you to make an appointment to have a mammogram. Develop a plan. Get tested early with mammogram screenings. Early detection can help with early prevention. Regular checkups will also aid in early prevention. It can save a life.

Each of us either know someone who suffers from or is a survivor of breast cancer. Show your support in honor of those who lost their lives in the fight and are no longer with us. Honor those who survived in the fight for their lives that are living testimonies who have overcome and are still with us. As well as those who are going through treatment.

Donate your time. Volunteer. Simply wear pink or a pink ribbon today and every day this month. Together we can make a difference in the lives of others in our support.

Please know that you’re not alone in this battle. There’s hope. Have faith. Surround yourself with the support of family and friends. Know that we are here to support and fight for you.

In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, join in the fight. Be a source of support, empower, and inspire.

Be blessed! -JD

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