Think Pink: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Who doesn’t like to talk about boobies? October is my favorite month because I get to talk about the importance of breast cancer.  Gentlemen: pay attention because you are affected by this disease too!

Breast cancer is a disease that forms malignant cancer cells in your breast tissue. If not detected early on, the already infected cells can invade surrounding tissue. Although it is less likely to occur in men, with men having a less than one percent chance of having breast cancer and women having a one out eight chance of infection, we still have the same symptoms. A lump appearing anywhere in your breast tissue is the universal sign of breast cancer. Although men have less of a chance carrying breast cancer, they have a higher death rate due to the assumption that it’s not breast cancer.

According to statistics from the National Breast Cancer Foundation:

  • Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.
  • Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women.
  • Each year it is estimated that over 220,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die.
  • Although breast cancer in men is rare, an estimated 2,150 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 410 will die each year.

Early detection is the best way to survive breast cancer because you’re able to receive treatment quicker. Survival rates for breast cancer, which can be found on the American Cancer Society website, state at:

Stage 1: 100%

Stage 2: 93%

Stage 3: 72%

Stage 4: 22% 

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Early detection and self examinations are key to survival. If you feel anything strange forming in your breast, please do not hesitate to call your physician. You can also get involved in a breast cancer walk to support awareness. I usually attend the walk at Lincoln Park in Jersey City, NJ but here are some other locations if you choose to support:

Edison:

New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center

Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 7:30 AM

 

Jersey City:

Lincoln Park

Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 8:00 AM

(West Side Avenue Entrance, Jersey City)

 

Newark:

Lincoln Park

Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 8:00 AM

(Broad Street and Lincoln Park, Newark)

 

Parsippany:

Mack-Cali Business Campus

Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 8:00 AM

 

Ridgefield Park:

The New Overpeck Park

Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 8:30 AM

 

Central/South Jersey:

 

Point Pleasant:

Silver Lake Parking Lot

Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 10:00 AM

 

Ocean City:

5th St & Boardwalk, OC

Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 8:30 AM

 

Pennsauken:

Cooper River Park

Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 8:30 AM

 

Register for a walk on the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer website, and make sure you have your Nike’s ready!

 

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