The one thing I love about watching the NFL in October is that their uniforms dawn pink for the annual awareness of Breast Cancer. The White House also painted their walls pink earlier this month to bring awareness to Breast Cancer. Every where you go during October someone somewhere is bringing awareness.

In the US nearly 250,000 people are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. Of those diagnosed with breast cancer over 40,000 of them die from it. Most of us, if not all of us, know people and/or lost people because of cancer. With that, y’all could agree that any type of cancer is the devil.

Here are the facts from Breastcancer.org: (emphasis are mine)

  • About 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.
  • In 2017, an estimated 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 63,410 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer.
  • About 2,470 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in men in 2017. A man’s lifetime risk of breast cancer is about 1 in 1,000.
  • Breast cancer incidence rates in the U.S. began decreasing in the year 2000, after increasing for the previous two decades. They dropped by 7% from 2002 to 2003 alone. One theory is that this decrease was partially due to the reduced use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) by women after the results of a large study called the Women’s Health Initiative were published in 2002. These results suggested a connection between HRT and increased breast cancer risk.
  • About 40,610 women in the U.S. are expected to die in 2017 from breast cancer, though death rates have been decreasing since 1989. Women under 50 have experienced larger decreases. These decreases are thought to be the result of treatment advances, earlier detection through screening, and increased awareness.
  • For women in the U.S., breast cancer death rates are higher than those for any other cancer, besides lung cancer.
  • Besides skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women. In 2017, it’s estimated that about 30% of newly diagnosed cancers in women will be breast cancers.
  • In women under 45, breast cancer is more common in African-American women than white women. Overall, African-American women are more likely to die of breast cancer. For Asian, Hispanic, and Native-American women, the risk of developing and dying from breast cancer is lower.
  • As of March 2017, there are more than 3.1 million women with a history of breast cancer in the U.S. This includes women currently being treated and women who have finished treatment. **hot damn you go warriors!
  • A woman’s risk of breast cancer nearly doubles if she has a first-degree relative (mother, sister, daughter) who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Less than 15% of women who get breast cancer have a family member diagnosed with it.
  • The most significant risk factors for breast cancer are gender (being a woman) and age (growing older).

There are also ways to reduce the risk of breast cancer. These in general are good whether you want to reduce the risk of breast cancer or not, ijs.

  • Limit your alcohol intake
  • Don’t smoke.
  • Stay active, keep your weight down.
  • Eat healthy, know what you’re putting in your body.
  • Stay away from radiation exposure.
  • Limit hormonal therapy.

You can’t prevent breast cancer but there are steps for early detection. Every month I check myself to see if I feel any abnormalities. I started checking after a family member was diagnosed with breast cancer. How can you detect breast cancer? Super easy! Do self checks monthly and get regular mammograms!

Self checks are easy. I do them in the shower but you can easily do them lying down or in front of a mirror. Using the tips of your fingers, move around your breast in a circular motion. Move from the outside to the center, checking the entire breast and armpit area. Check both breasts for lumps, hardened knots or discharge.

When lying down, your breasts spread evenly so place a pillow under your right shoulder and your right arm behind your head. Use your left hand and check using your finger pads in a circular motion. Repeat these steps for your left breast.

Get lumps and abnormalities evaluated by your healthcare provider.

I’m gonna try to be fashionable with this. I’ve decided to honor the survivors who kicked breast cancer in the butt by wearing pink. In honor of the survivors I’ll be wearing something pink every Thursday for the month of October. Will you join me? xoxo

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