Look around this month and you’ll probably see a lot of PINK, in support of education and programs supporting Breast Cancer Awareness.
Awareness is simply that: to educate the community through various campaigns such as educational seminars, health fair booths, and promotional materials that help people understand how screenings can aid in early detection, what the symptoms are, and ways in which they can perhaps prevent themselves or a loved one from developing the disease.
While promoting a healthy lifestyle and early detection are among the key messages for most Breast Cancer Awareness campaigns, understanding the disease – what it is, how it works, and who is at risk – are important take-aways that can go a long way toward prevention and treatment.
- Breast cancer is the Number Two most common cancer among women (lung cancer tops the list).
- About 1 in 8 women born today will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. Each year, more than 200,000 women are diagnosed with the disease.
- While women of any age can develop the disease, breast cancer is most common among women over age 50.
- Breast cancer can also occur in men. Each year, more than 2,000 men are diagnosed with the disease.
- Mammograms are covered for women age 40 and over under the new healthcare reform law.
- Knowing your family history is an important factor in receiving the right treatment at the right time.
- Gender, genetics, and age are unavoidable factors that contribute to breast cancer risk.
- Exposure to tobacco, excessive alcohol consumption, obesity, are among the more controllable factors that may increase an individual’s risk of developing the disease.
Throughout October, organizations such as ABC News encourage individuals to take the PLEDGE:
Prevention – take steps to reduce breast cancer risk.
Learn – seek knowledge about personal breast cancer risks.
Examination – find out when and how often to get screened.
Density – discuss with healthcare provider about which screening approach is recommended.
Genetics – discuss family history (of both parents) to identify genetic risk factors.
Educate – encourage friends and family to educate themselves as well.
At Windsong, our goal is to create luxurious living spaces that foster friendships and healthy lifestyles, which in turn offers opportunities to share knowledge. Enjoying the outdoors is made easy with private courtyards and spacious front porches, and meeting neighbors happens naturally as folks take advantage of community sidewalks and well-appointed clubhouses and amenities.
Welcome home to Windsong – Where Life’s A Breeze!