Breast Cancer Awareness Month, marked in countries across the world every October, helps to increase attention and support for the awareness, early detection and treatment as well as palliative care of this disease.
According to the World Health Organization, there are about 1.38 million new cases and 458,000 deaths from breast cancer each year worldwide. Breast cancer is by far the most common cancer in women worldwide, both in the developed and developing countries. In the U.S., an estimated 268,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in 2019, as well as 62,930 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer.
The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) suggests the following ways you can help spread awareness:
- Download their free Dense Breasts Q&A Guide.
- Share the story of how you or a loved one have been affected by breast cancer.
- Make a one-time or monthly donation to help provide a mammogram for a woman in need.
- Host a fundraiser benefitting NBCF.
- Volunteer to join in Helping Women Now.
- Proudly wear a pink ribbon during October or year-round.
- Share about Breast Cancer Awareness Month on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or LinkedIn.
Learn more at the NBCF web site.