How many times have you heard “October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month” but didn’t know how to take action? Two words encapsulate this—support and education.
Wear Pink on October 7!
One way to take action is to support the cause by wearing pink during October. At MVP, we’ve designatedWednesday, October 7 as Wear Pink Day! Pink can come in any form—a tie, a shirt, a sweater, a ribbon. When you wear pink on the 7th, be sure to take a selfie andsend it to us! Don’t forget to pose with coworkers, friends, and family who are also in the pink. You may see yourself in a future issue of MVPnews!
The second—and ultimately most important—way to take action is to educate yourself about breast cancer. This includes getting informed about risk factors, when to get screened, and how to perform a self-exam. Watch this video from the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) about self-exams. You can also visit Beyond The Shock, a website created by the NBCF as a learning destination for breast cancer. Here you can learn more about the different types, stages, and treatments for breast cancer, ask questions (and get answers), and hear stories from real people.
The American Cancer Society suggests yearly screening for all women age 40 and older. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends women ages 50 to 74 get a mammogram every two years. Call your doctor and discuss whether you should get a mammogram.
Understanding Different Diagnoses
The most common type of breast cancer is called ductal carcinoma, which begins in the cells of the breast ducts. Cancer that begins in the lobes or lobules is called lobular carcinoma and is more often found in both breasts than are other types of breast cancer. Inflammatory breast cancer is an uncommon type of breast cancer in which the breast is warm, red, and swollen.
Take a close look at the infographic below, courtesy of the CDC. It includes information about what you need to know regarding risk factors and when to get screened. Print out a copy and bring it with you to discuss with your doctor.