Femme Friday | Breast Cancer Awareness
The month of October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, meaning that there is an annual campaign to help increase awareness of the disease.
- 25,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. This represents 26% of all new cancer cases in women in 2015.
- 5,000 women will die from breast cancer. This represents 14% of all cancer deaths in women in 2015.
- On average, 68 Canadian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer every day.
- On average, 14 Canadian women will die from breast cancer every day.
- 220 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 60 will die from it.
Early detection is key in fighting this terrible disease. Here are a few pointers on how you can help to prevent and detect breast cancers in your life:
- Learn the signs and symptoms of breast cancer. A change in how the breast or nipple feels or a change in it's appearance can be an indicator of breast cancer.
- Know how to do a self breast exam. and do one every month. Set an alarm on your calendar to remind yourself of this!
- Lead a healthy life to help reduce your chance of cancer. Staying physically active, eating fruits and veggies, limiting alcohol consumption and not smoking are all very important in risk reduction.
With all of these things in mind, it only seemed fitting to have this month's edition of Femme Friday to feature only pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.