Why Breast Cancer Awareness Is So Important For Healthcare Professionals
October is breast cancer awareness month. 31 days of pink ribbons, festive NFL uniforms, and 5k fundraisers. However, many of us fail to realize this month isn’t about buying t-shirts—it’s about raising awareness and saving lives.
According to City of Hope, there are over 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S. In fact, in the past 60 years survival rates have nearly tripled. Screening is one of the most important tools in combating this disease. Since only 5-10% of breast cancer cases are hereditary, every woman (and man) could be affected by the disease.
Community education is an important part of being a healthcare professional. Every day, you are responsible for interacting with the public at the most critical moments of care. Knowing, and being able to explain the importance of breast cancer awareness literally saves lives. We all have a part to play in the fight against cancer, and every shade of pink during October is the perfect reminder.
Check out this infographic courtesy of City of Hope for more crucial breast health facts.