October went by in a flash! Did you miss your chance to do something for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM)? There's still time.
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a foundation that was formed more than 25 years ago. This foundation serves as a collaborative effort between many public, professional and government agencies in an effort to promote breast cancer awareness, further education and create a strong network for breast cancer patients and their loved ones.
To learn more about breast cancer, make sure you find thorough and authoritative resources. The American Cancer Society can help get you started with a detailed guide to understanding breast cancer, or if you have limited time they also provide a more brief and simpler overview guide.
Here are just a few breast cancer organizations that can help provide you with more general information and they will also help keep you updated on the latest research and developments in breast cancer:
Prevention Starts with You
Regular self-examination is your best weapon for early detection of breast cancer, and early detection is essential in order to obtain the highest survival rate if breast cancer becomes a health issue for you or a loved one.
It's imperative you learn what to look for and how to perform regular self-examinations. Know what symptoms to watch for in addition to getting regular checkups with your physician. Learn how to examine your breasts here.
Work to Maintain an Active and Healthy Lifestyle
According to the American Cancer Society, maintaining a healthy weight, eating a healthy diet, staying active and limiting your alcohol intake are all things you can do to help reduce your risk for getting breast cancer.
It also helps to know about your family history, but be aware that women can develop breast cancer even if no one in their family has ever had it before. So get out there now and spread the word about what you've just learned to everyone you know.
Sign Up for Next Year
There are many, many fine foundations that host events that help fund treatment and research for cancer. You can do you own research to find one that suits you or you can begin by checking out these 12 Breast Cancer Events here.