SPREADING BREAST CANCER AWARENESS: 4 THINGS TO KNOW
Continuing as part of Caskey & Caskey’s Pinking Up The Town campaign to raise breast cancer awareness, we want to make sure we’re doing our part to educate people throughout the South Bay about this disease and its impact. Below are 4 important things to know about breast cancer.
1. BREAST CANCER IS COMMON
How common? Breast cancer is most common cancer in women in both the developing and developed world. While it’s not as common, breast cancer can also occur in men. Each year, for every man who gets diagnosed with the disease, 100 women are diagnosed. This means that, on average, one in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Of the nearly 250,000 women diagnosed per year, more than 40,000 of them will lose their lives to the disease. This is an astounding number, which is why there is so much emphasis on raising money and awareness to combat breast cancer.
2. THERE ARE A LOT OF RISK FACTORS
There are a number of possible correlations tied to breast cancer, but it is not yet possible to pinpoint a specific risk associated with certain cases. However, something that increases risk by a factor of two or three is if a family member also had the disease. Late menopause, and a late age at first childbirth are also large contributing risk factors. Studies have also found that there are different modifiable risk factors at play, including use (or abuse) of alcohol, lack of physical activity, and obesity.
3. IT’S NOT IMPOSSIBLE TO BEAT
With advances in technology and medicine, there has been a consistent decrease in death rates from breast cancer since the 1990s. One of the biggest reasons for this drop is the continued education regarding screening, early detection, and general awareness of the disease. Treatment options are also improving on a regular basis, given those diagnosed with the disease in the US (and around the world) more of a fighting chance. To this tune, there are nearly 3 million breast cancer survivors in the United States today.
4. YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR COMMUNITY
Even though cases of breast cancer are on the decline and those diagnosed with the disease have more opportunities to combat it, there’s always more work to be done, which is why there’s such emphasis placed on October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and why, at Caskey & Caskey, we’re so adamant about Pinking Up The Town. Local organizations like the Redondo Beach Cancer Support Community are doing their part to help raise money, raise awareness, and also be a support system for those diagnosed with the disease, along with their families. If you live in the South Bay and want to learn more about how you can help give back, you can contact them directly, but also continue to educate yourself and those around you through sites like the World Health Organization. Together, we can continue to fight back against this terrible disease and the way it impacts people around the world.