October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. People sport the pink ribbons all month long in order to spread awareness and show support for those diagnosed with breast cancer, and their loved ones. Breast cancer is especially important because it is the second-leading cancer found in women(lung cancer is first). Here are some facts about breast cancer that give us cause for concern and hope.
- 1 in 8 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer.
- Most breast cancer cases affect women/men with no family history of the illness.
- Men too can get breast cancer, although women are 100 times more likely to get it.
- Physical activity is one of the best ways to treat breast cancer.
- If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, it is 4 times as likely that you will get cancer in the same, or different breast.
- Over 2.8 breast cancer survivors live in the U.S. currently.
There are many different ways to celebrate Breast Cancer awareness. Communities, neighborhoods, and entire cities organize events to celebrate and spread awareness. Among the most popular activities include walks and runs where you can either participate by running/walking or by helping organize and volunteer at the events. If you want to participate in one of these events, you can use Making Strides for Breast Cancer to find something in your area. If you want to take the tastier route, you can try some of these awesome breast cancer inspired recipes.