October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and that means you have the opportunity to support women and families affected by breast cancer. Perhaps you yourself are affected by breast cancer or you know someone close to you who is. Perhaps you don’t know anyone with breast cancer but you would still like to be an advocate. Whatever the scenario, there are plenty of ways for you to show support and get involved with your local community during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
It’s October and that means many of us are dusting off our old fall hoodies, drinking pumpkin-spiced lattes, and preparing for the spooktacular events of Halloween. While fall is a great time to be excited for the many seasonal changes that take place, it’s also a time to reflect on Breast Cancer Awareness Month. About one in eight women will develop an invasive form of breast cancer at some point in her life, with more than 260,000 new U.S. cases in 2018 alone. These numbers are even higher if you include non-invasive forms of breast cancer. Although people generally associate awareness with pink ribbons, pink clothes, and pink decorations, men can also develop breast cancer in one percent of cases. While this number is much lower, it still equates to about 2,000 new breast cancer cases in men each year.
A mastectomy is the surgical removal of one or both breasts following the diagnosis of breast cancer. A partial or total mastectomy may be required depending on cancer aggressiveness, breast size, and a number of other factors. Depending on the extent of the procedure, a mastectomy can leave multiple scars of up to 8 inches in length or longer.