The pink is in the air because it’s National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
We talk a lot about prevention of oral disease on our blog, but in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month – we wanted to talk about prevention of breast cancer.
As sign of solidarity, this display of pink is a reminder of the commitment to preventing and treating breast cancer, and to supporting those courageously battling this disease. We have come far in recent decades in the prevention, early detection, and treatment of breast and many other cancers. Still, this year, hundreds of thousands of women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and too many will be lost.
It is important to understand the risks and precautions associated with breast cancer. Some risk factors, like obesity, are avoidable. Other factors, like family history, are not avoidable, but knowledge of them can help inform medical decisions. Taking protective steps like getting regular check-ups, maintaining a healthy body weight and balanced diet, and exercising may help lower the chances of developing breast cancer.
But today we urge you to make an appointment for a mammogram and talk to your doctors about breast cancer. Early detection of breast cancer provides a rosier outlook for the future, helping to make sure you have plenty of time to discover how your life’s story unfolds. So, if you’re 40 or older—or at increased risk for breast cancer—walk-in today and get a mammogram.
For more information, visit www.Cancer.gov to learn more about symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.