October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Some months that are dedicated to raise awareness of little known diseases or conditions (see my blogs on Autism Awareness and Williams Syndrome Awareness). However, almost everyone is aware of breast cancer, so why does it have a month dedicated to it?
From the National Breast Cancer Foundation website: "While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same."
"Breast cancer is one of the leading health crises for women in the United States. 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. There is currently no known cure for breast cancer, and its early diagnosis is critical to survival."
Because of this startling statistic, breast cancer is a disease that affects almost all Americans, my family included. October is a time to not only "support the fighters, admire the survivors, and honor the taken," but also to do what you can to help end this disease once and for all.
"Think Pink" this month, whether that is raising awareness in your own way, participating in a race/walk, donating your money or time to the cause, or whatever way you can! If we all work together, believe that a time will come when we have a cure for breast cancer.