In October, we encourage you to wear pink bling to support breast cancer awareness month . Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point. The good news is that many women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early. A mammogram – the screening test for breast cancer – can help find breast cancer early when it’s easier to treat.
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October) is a chance to raise awareness about the importance of early detection of breast cancer. Make a difference! Spread the word by wearing PINK BLING and about mammograms. Encourage communities, organizations, families, and individuals to get involved.
How can National Breast Cancer Awareness Month make a difference?
When we wear our pink bling, we can use this opportunity to spread the word about steps women can take to detect breast cancer early.
Here at Wicked Wonders we care about everything that affects the women of the world. Talking about breast cancer awareness is very near and dear to our hearts. As the owner of Wicked Wonders, I have been affected by breast cancer on both sides of my family. Thankfully I have never personally had to battle the deadly disease, but I do all I can to keep up-to-date with my screenings and to make sure others do as well. This article is NOT about selling you pink bling (although we have plenty and I will post the link here at the bottom). This article is about gathering as sisters-in-arms against a terrible disease that most times can be cured if caught early. Please, never forget your screenings! Its just a bonus to wear pink bling to support breast cancer awareness month.
American Cancer Society Recommendations for Early Breast Cancer Detection
These guidelines are for women at average risk for breast cancer with no breast symptoms. Women with a personal history of breast cancer, a family history of breast cancer, a genetic mutation known to increase risk of breast cancer (such as BRCA), and women who had radiation therapy to the chest before the age of 30 are at higher risk for breast cancer, not average-risk.
Women ages 40 to 44 should have the choice to start annual breast cancer screening with mammograms if they wish to do so. The risks of screening as well as the potential benefits should be considered.
Women age 45 to 54 should get mammograms every year.
Women age 55 and older should switch to mammograms every 2 years, or have the choice to continue yearly screening.
Screening should continue as long as a woman is in good health and is expected to live 10 more years or longer.
All women should be familiar with the known benefits, limitations, and potential harms associated with breast cancer screening. They should also be familiar with how their breasts normally look and feel and report any changes to a health care provider right away.