Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which takes place during October, is centered around the idea that people should continue to have hope and resilience even while going through a tragedy that most can't even fathom overcoming. That's when Melissa and her sister made a decision to get tested.
What is widely acknowledged as among the most curable forms of cancer still takes the lives of many. Regular breast cancer screening is important because it can find breast cancers when they are small, less likely to have spread and more likely to be treated successfully. After he was born, Melissa was meeting with a surgeon to discuss having a preventative double mastectomy, something she'd been planning to do, when doctors discovered she had stage 1 breast cancer.
According to a breast cancer awareness website, 1-in-8 USA women, approximately 12.4 percent, will develop breast cancer over the course of their lifetimes. "We all have a choice to help raise awareness and work towards a cure", said Julia Sundstrom, community manager at the Factory. "I know it's insane". "We need to step out of our bubble where you can not even say the words "breast" and "cancer" together aloud", says Farah Mahmood, coming out of a Pinktober workshop. "I thought, you know, I was super healthy, and this shouldn't happen to me". I didn't think cancer could happen to me, but it did. "To raise that much money as a school is incredible to me".
One in eight women in the United States are diagnosed with breast cancer.
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Nathanson points out that Ashkenazi Jewish women (of Central and Eastern European descent) have a higher risk of breast cancer just because they're Jewish. To put this in perspective, people usually get 3 mSv radiation each year from natural surroundings.
Till recently, there were no standard guidelines for diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.
After getting a bachelor's degree from Georgetown University, Blackwood obtained her medical degree from Medical University of SC, according to a Rutgers Cancer Institute press release.
"Metastatic breast cancer is the little secret of breast cancer that still gets insufficient attention during Breast Cancer Awareness Month and beyond", Weatherby said. She instantly felt a false sense of relief, but she actually did have cancer. So instead, it is vital that people donate directly to organizations like METAvivor, where 100 percent of donations go directly to metastatic breast cancer research, according to its website.