Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM) is the annual international health campaign organized by breast cancer charities to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure, as well as offering information and support for those affected.
Did you know?
- Aside from skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, with over 225,000 new invasive cases diagnosed in 2014 alone.
- 12% of U.S. women will develop the disease over the course of her lifetime.
- In addition, over 2,000 cases have been diagnosed in men this year.
The scary statistics do not lie, but thanks in part to early detection and improvements in treatments, millions of women are surviving the disease and living to share their inspirational stories.
The active fight with breast cancer is ongoing, from recommendations for regular testing for early detection to explanations of treatment options and information on how to cope with the physical and emotional side effects. In additional, the research to help prevent, find, and treat the disease is never ending, with ambitions to find cures today to end the disease tomorrow. In fact, the ACS invests more in breast cancer research than any other cancer type. Thanks to these efforts, death rates from breast cancer among women in the United States dropped 34% from 1990 to 2010. Check out the most recent highlights at http://www.cancer.org/research/acsresearchupdates/breast-cancer-research
The lives affected and touched by breast cancer are unmeasurable; however, the inspirational moments and growth that are often another side effect are truly unreplaceable. Check out a few of the ACS’s stories of hope here:
My Mother the Gladiator
August is my birthday month, and my mother always does my birthday BIG. I call her gifts “a party in a box” because opening one of her presents is a special event.
No longer surviving but Thriving
My name is Gina, and what an honor to share my story with you. My prayer is that somewhere along the line of my story, you will feel hope and strength. They say time flies when you are having fun.
18 Years And Counting
“I was afraid cancer meant my life was over.” Joy talks about how, after a mastectomy in her early 30s, an American Cancer Society Reach To Recovery® volunteer helped her move forward and even become a volunteer herself.
I envisioned myself as this unstoppable samurai warrior
“When I was first diagnosed it was pretty scary. My husband and I sat white-knuckled in a doctors office and got the news. It was definitely breast cancer and I was in denial.”
American Cancer Society’s video, “Making Strides and Saving Lives”, is another great way to see the importance of the cause. Every three- to five-mile walk is a powerful way to unite as a community to honor survivors, raise awareness about steps we can take to reduce the risk of getting breast cancer, and raise money to help lead the fight against this disease with groundbreaking breast cancer research, information and support 24-7, and access to mammograms for women who need them.
To find a local walk near you, check out how every step you take is personal, and together we are helping to finish the fight against breast cancer.