October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, when supporters get the word out about this disease, which the American Cancer Society says kills 40,000 women annually in the USA.
The UMHS Endeavour takes a look at this important month and what students at American and Caribbean medical schools can do to help.
AMWA: Wear Pink Wednesdays in October
The American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) urges people to wear pink on Wednesdays in October to raise awareness (http://www.amwa-doc.org/).
Take Steps & Have a Plan
“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,” says the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s website (http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-awareness-month).
The National Breast Cancer Foundation says 5-year survival rates are 98% if breast cancer is detected early and women have a plan. Since 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed in their lifetime, it’s crucial to plan such things as breast self-exams, clinical breast exams and mammograms based on age and health history. For more information, visit http://www.earlydetectionplan.org/
Raise Funds to Fight Breast Cancer & Finance Research
Fundraising to finance breast cancer research is always needed. Some of the ways people can help is by organization a benefit concert, an art show or awareness walks. For more information, visit http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-fundraising
Online Breast Cancer Resources
Beyond the Shock, (online guide for recently diagnosed women) http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-fundraising
American Cancer Society, http://www.cancer.org/cancer/breastcancer/index
Breast Cancer Research Foundation, http://www.bcrfcure.org/
Susan G. Komen for the Cure, http://ww5.komen.org/
Breast Cancer Facts