Businesses encouraged to ‘Think Pink’ for breast cancer awareness in October
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Mount Pleasant businesses are being encouraged to participate in the 10th Annual Paint the Town Pink Campaign by decorating their storefronts.
The annual event is designed to spread the life-saving message of early detection of breast cancer.
Approximately one in eight women in the U.S. will develop breast cancer, according to the breastcancer.org website. Though rates have been decreasing since 1989, approximately 40,610 American women are expected to die in 2017 from breast cancer.
Breast cancer screening is crucial, according to the American Cancer Society. Although sometimes breast cancer is found after symptoms appear, many women have no symptoms.
Early detection is key in treating breast cancer on time. The American Cancer Society screening recommendations for women at average risk are as follows:
• Women between 40 and 44 have the option to start screening with a mammogram every year.
• Women 45 to 54 should get mammograms every year.
• Women 55 and older can switch to a mammogram every other year, or they can choose to continue yearly mammograms. Screening should continue as long as a woman is in good health and is expected to live 10 more years or longer.
• All women should understand what to expect when getting a mammogram for breast cancer screening — what the test can and cannot do.
Remember, these guidelines are for women at average risk for breast cancer. A woman at average risk doesn’t have a personal history of breast cancer, a strong family history of breast cancer or a genetic mutation known to increase risk of breast cancer, and has not had chest radiation therapy before the age of 30.
Tests are available to diagnose breast cancer. These are prudent if your doctor does find an area of concern on a mammogram.
A biopsy is performed when mammograms, other imaging tests or a physical exam indicates a change in the breast that may be cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, a biopsy is the only way to know for sure if it is cancer.
The best way to prevent breast cancer is to stay away from tobacco, be safe in the sun, eat healthy and stay active.
According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, there are several myths concerning the issue. Drinking milk or consuming dairy products does not cause breast cancer.
Finding a lump in your breast does not mean you have breast cancer.
Mammograms do not cause breast cancer to spread. Breast cancer is not contagious. Antiperspirants and deodorants do not cause breast cancer.
Although breast cancer is most prevalent among women, approximately 2,190 men are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. It is recommended that men should check themselves periodically as well, and report any changes to their physician immediately.
You can schedule an annual mammogram at the Titus Regional Medical Center Breast and Diagnostic Health Center, located at 2015 Mulberry, Suite 340, by calling 903-434-8045.
Those who receive a mammogram at TRMC during the month of Oct. will be entered to win a Think Pink! Lollia Spa Package valued at over $125.