When you think of October, you may think of many things – fall foliage in full effect, football (or if you’re anything like me – postseason baseball!), Halloween, and products being advertised and sold in a limited-edition pink version in observance of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Did you know that 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with Breast Cancer in their lifetime? Did you also know that Breast Cancer, while commonly associated with women, can be a diagnosis in men as well? (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2020)
Cancer is not always preventable, but taking the correct steps for early detection is key. Preventive screenings, of all kinds, are vital to one’s health and well-being. It is easy to get in the habit of not going to the doctors unless you are sick, but having your annual preventive screenings can be a lifesaver, literally.
It is important, now more than ever, to keep our health in check. My challenge to you for this month is to call your primary care provider and schedule all necessary preventive screenings. Encourage your family and friends to do the same.
Breast Cancer Awareness Feature. (2020, September 16). Retrieved September 23, 2020, from https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/dcpc/resources/features/breastcancerawareness/index.htm