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By Kristen Wagner
Where do you like it?
Oh, by the way, I’m talking about your purse. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM), and this year women all over the world are posting, “I like it on…” as their Facebook status messages, referring to where they prefer to place their purses. The reason is to create breast cancer awareness. Although the Facebook campaign has been criticized by some as having “heavy sexual connotations,” others find it inspiring, and we can all agree that it generates interest and curiosity.
According to nbcam.org, the NBCAM organization is a partnership of national public service organizations, professional medical associations, and government agencies working together to promote breast cancer awareness, share information on the disease, and provide greater access to screening services.
The World Health Organization reveals that breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer in women both in the developed and developing world; there are over 500,000 deaths each year. Fortunately, there have been many advances in the medical field concerning breast cancer, although there is still much more waiting to be accomplished.
Women everywhere need to be educated on the importance of regular healthcare visits and annual mammograms as a safeguard. Regular self-breast exams should not be overlooked, for it is extremely important and possibly life-saving. Early detection fosters early treatment, which is vital. Adopting healthy eating habits and exercising regularly both reduce the risk of breast cancer as well as other diseases. Valuable information can be accessed at the Susan G. Komen for the Cure website.
Although we mainly associate breast cancer with women, men are also at risk, even if that risk is rare. According to ww5.komen.org, an estimated 1,970 new cases of male breast cancer will be diagnosed in the United States in 2010. The incidence of breast cancer is 1.3 per 100,000 men, and 123 per 100,000 women.
We can show our support to anyone, anywhere. There are several different ways in which we can make a difference. The Susan G. Komen for a Cure website illustrates the details, and it’s possible to make donations, find a local Race for the Cure, become an advocate, participate in an event, find a local affiliate, join the Circle of Promise, or find a career within the field.
So let’s wear the pink, let’s support those around us, and let’s keep pushing for the cure. Each one of us has the ability to make a difference.