It’s hard not to notice the pink ribbons, parades and celebrations that fill the month of October. As Breast Cancer Awareness Month continues to grow, however, it’s important not to lose track of the issue at the heart of it all – awareness.
Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women and their second leading cause of death. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their life – that’s more than 220,000 women in the United States alone. And, while it is rare, breast cancer can occur in men as well.
That’s why it is so important to understand the various risk factors associated with breast cancer. Some, such as family history, are unavoidable. Others, however, are under your control.
These factors include:
- Lack of physical activity
- Poor diet
- Frequent consumption of alcohol
- Receiving combined hormone replacement therapy
- Receiving radiation to the chest
Limiting these factors is one way to decrease your odds of being diagnosed with breast cancer. For more information, or to find out how you can help spread awareness, visit www.somc.org/cancer