October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, people all around the world use this time to raise awareness for the life taking illness. Although the month of October is mostly known for Halloween, it is also, it’s much more than that. According to Cancer.org, the average risk of a woman in the United States developing breast cancer sometime in her life is about 12 percent.
Many people forget that men also have breast tissue which means they can develop breast cancer as well. Although it is extremely rare, for men, the lifetime risk of getting breast cancer is about one in 833.
“I know teens get breast cancer, but I don’t hear about it as often.” said Kariya Jennings, senior.
These numbers might seem very small but there is still a likelihood one can get the illness. Breast cancer just doesn’t affect men and women, but a small portion teenagers as well with the statistic being less than five percent of breast cancer occuring in women under 40.
According to the American Cancer Society women ages 40 to 44 should have the choice to start annual breast cancer screening with mammograms (x-rays of the breast) if they wish to do so. It is recommended that women age 45 to 54 get mammograms every year and women 55 and older should switch to mammograms every two years, or can continue yearly screening.
There are many factors that can weigh on your likelihood of being affected by the disease such as family history. If multiple family members had or have the disease, the chance you will get the disease is greater.
Unfortunately, there is no way to completely prevent breast cancer, but there are ways to slim your chances of developing the disease such as:
- Being active
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Limiting or avoiding alcohol
Every month you should give yourself self breast exams. There are many online websites and instructional videos that can assist with that. If you feel a lump or disharge while doing those breast exams, definitely make an appointment to visit your doctor because it’s better to be over-cautious than not cautious enough.
On Oct. 30th, students will be allowed to wear a pink shirt along with their khaki pants in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Hopefully all students take advantage of this day not to just partially get out of uniform but to actually symbolize how Parkdale stands against the illness.
For the past four years, Parkdale has always done something something to represent the month. Parkdale has many cancer survivors, not just Breast Cancer but all types of Cancer such as Ms. Thorne, one of the Business Teachers and Mr.Chinkhota, one of the art teachers.
“It makes me feel so sad to see people with Breast cancer because no one should have to go through that, even the thought of breast cancer is a very scary thing.” Said Arianna Minns, senior.