October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer.
What can you do to raise awareness about breast cancer?
Paint the Town Pink!
Doylestown Health's Breast Center is proud to sponsor The Intelligencer's Paint the Town Pink photo contest. We want community members to show us how they support breast cancer awareness at home, work, around town – just about anywhere!
Breast Cancer Facts
Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point.
The good news is that many women can survive breast cancer if it's found and treated early. That's where the awareness part comes in. The most effective ways to detect breast cancer early are getting a mammogram and a clinical breast exam on a regular basis.
- If you are a woman age 40 to 49, talk with your doctor about when to start getting mammograms and how often to get them.
- If you are a woman age 50 to 74, be sure to get a mammogram every 2 years. You may also choose to get them more often.
Breast Cancer Screening Options
Mammograms can be used to check for breast cancer in women who have no signs or symptoms of the disease. This type of mammogram is called a screening mammogram. Screening mammograms can also find tiny deposits of calcium (microcalcifications) that sometimes indicate the presence of breast cancer.
Mammograms can also be used to check for breast cancer after a lump or other sign or symptom of the disease has been found. This type of mammogram is called a diagnostic mammogram. Besides a lump, signs of breast cancer can include breast pain, thickening of the skin of the breast, nipple discharge, or a change in breast size or shape.
When breast cancer is found early, treatment can be started earlier, possibly before the cancer has spread to other parts of the body. Studies show that screening mammograms can help reduce the number of deaths from breast cancer among women ages 40 to 74, especially for those over age 50.
Talk to a doctor about your risk for breast cancer, especially if a close family member of yours had breast or ovarian cancer. Your doctor can help you decide when and how often to get mammograms.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Breast Cancer Awareness Month is also about making people aware of local resources and support for women with breast cancer. Doylestown Health's Cancer Institute gives patients access to special resources related to cancer care at the hospital, in the community or online. There are support groups (including the Cancer Support Community Greater Philadelphia at Doylestown Hospital), Ribbons Studio (retail store located near the Cancer Institute) and classes and special events.
Paint the Town Pink
The Paint the Town Pink photo contest ends October 31. A quick and easy way to show your support is to purchase and display a hot pink LED bulb. The bulbs cost $10 are available at the Doylestown Hospital Gift Shop, inside the Intelligencer lobby in Doylestown, and at the Cowhey Family ShopRite in Warminster. You can also purchase bulbs online (use promo code PTTPINK).
For each bulb that is sold, $4 will go to Doylestown Health's Cancer Institute and the community non-profit Living Beyond Breast Cancer.
The grand prize for the photo contest is $1,000. Be creative and submit your photos today!
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