Breast Cancer Awareness Month is every October. Since the first organized movement in 1985, October has been dedicated to bringing attention to the risks and dangers of breast cancer in the United States. Because it is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers among women, staying educated is a proactive step in combatting the aggressive disease.
In 2013, breast cancer was the second most common cancer death in South Carolina, behind lung cancer. South Carolina also ranked 21st in the nation for breast cancer mortality. While these facts may seem daunting, certain lifestyle changes can help lower the risk of developing it. Staying physically active, limiting the use of alcohol, and breastfeeding are all lifestyle changes that will help lower the risk of developing the disease. Being aware of the symptoms, such as abnormal lumps, swelling, skin irritation, and pain are key to early detection.
Another key treatment for early detection is a mammogram. “The American Medical Association and American Cancer society recommend a Clinical Breast Exam (CBE) approximately every 3 years for women in their 20s and 30s and every year for women aged 40 years and over.” Staying proactive and educated regarding breast cancer is crucial for prevention and early detection.
Friday, October 21st was National Mammography Day. Hilton Displays’ employees dressed in pink clothing and grabbed some pink balloons to show support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To all the warriors, champions, and angels, we stand by you and support you in your fight against Breast Cancer.