As the second most common cancer in women, breast cancer deserves awareness year around. While breast cancer awareness month takes place in October, every day of the year should be focused on promoting the importance of breast screenings and mammography. Clovis Open MRI encourages mammograms and breast imaging tests as the best way to spread awareness.
Thankfully, the death rate among women due to breast cancer has fallen 36% from 1989 to 2012, but it is still estimated that nearly 41,000 people will die from breast cancer related health issues this year alone. That is 41,000 too many. So what can you do year round to help bring awareness to breast cancer and contribute to its elimination? Here are a few ideas:
- Register for a Making Strides Walk. This is one way that you can contribute to the cause every year and participate in October's Awareness festivities.
- Donate online. The only way the medical field and researchers can make advancements in medical technology to fight against breast cancer is with the help of research funding. Without the financial support, advancements can't be made, so nothing will change. You can donate all year and any amount.
- Take the Breast Cancer IQ Test. Part of raising awareness to the cause is making sure you understand the facts about breast health. Multiple rumors and misinformation floats around, so take this IQ test and make sure you have your facts straight.
- Support the NFL's "A Crucial Catch". If you watch football in October, you will see the players wearing bright pink socks. This is no coincidence because the NFL has teamed up with the American Cancer Society to support the cause. Anyone can get involved in this campaign, too.
- Get yearly mammograms and encourage others to, too. The number one way to catch breast cancer early on is by paying attention to the early signs and symptoms. You can feel for lumps in your breast yourself, or get a mammogram to be sure. You can also raise awareness all yearly by encouraging others to get checked, too!
Take a stand against breast cancers and spread awareness through these simple ways. We encourage you to be proactive about your breast health and undergo a yearly mammogram. If you're at high risk for breast cancer, breast MRI may be the scan for you. Schedule a breast MRI today!