Proclaiming Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October

Every year, more than 250,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer and about 1 in 100 men are diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lifetime.

Knowing what may contribute to breast cancer is an important part of its prevention – and everyone should speak with their health care provider about their risks and what they can do to mitigate those risks – including regular screenings and mammograms.

Especially in light of the uncertainty of the future of the Affordable Care Act, speaking with health care providers is even more important.

We take a moment, every October, to celebrate breast cancer survivors and those currently fighting this disease for their courage and resilience.

It is also important to note that across the nation and globe, significant progress has been made in the fight against breast cancer – and that research and innovation must continue in the months and years to come.

The dedicated providers and researchers working to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease through prevention, early detection, and scientific research should also be commended for their hard work.

The month should also serve as a critical reminder to all men and woman to take proactive efforts to monitor their health to prevent late-stage disease diagnoses.

We also take this moment to encourage women and men to follow the recommendations for monthly self-examination, annual check-ups and regular mammograms for early detections for breast cancer.