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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an international health campaign dedicated to increasing the awareness of the disease and fundraising for breast cancer research. Breast Cancer Awareness Month was founded in 1985 by the American Cancer Society and Imperial Chemical Industries in an effort to advocate mammography as the most effective course of action when fighting breast cancer.
Early detection is crucial to treating breast cancer, and screening tests such as mammograms and breast MRIs are the leading recommended detection methods. Speaking to your doctor about these tests is important, as well as understanding your individual risk factors and the role of genetics in breast cancer.
Breast cancer facts:
- Besides skin cancers, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the U.S.
- Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women
- About one in eight American women will develop invasive breast cancer throughout their lifetime
- According to American Cancer Society 2015 estimates, about 231,840 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in the U.S.
This October, cities around the country are organizing breast cancer walks and events to spread awareness, raise funds and offer support to those affected by the disease. You can offer your support by participating in these events, donating to a breast cancer organization and wearing your breast cancer pink ribbon.
Here are some Southern California Breast Cancer Awareness Month events:
- No More Bad Days: An Evening With This Wild Life To Battle Breast Cancer- Chain Reaction, Anaheim, October 7, 7PM
- Making Strides of Orange County Walk- Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa, October 11, 8AM
- OGDGC Breast Cancer Awareness Charity Fundraiser- Oak Grove Disc Golf Club, Pasadena, October 11, 8:45AM
- Making Strides Los Angeles Walk- Microsoft Square, Los Angeles, October 17, 8AM
- Halloween Hotness 2.0: Sci-Fi And Fantasy Themed Costume Party- Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Los Angeles, October 17, 6PM