Pin your pink ribbons proudly. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and during the past few weeks women across the country have been racing for the cure, spreading awareness about the disease and even NFL players are showing their support sporting pink NFL gear for games.
Breast cancer doesn’t discriminate and affects women and even men of all races, classes and religions. Although there are many factors linked to breast cancer, the truth is that simply being an aging woman is enough to place you at risk. According to the American Cancer Society, about 1 in 8 breast cancers are found in women younger than the age of 45, while about 2 of 3 invasive breast cancers are found in women age 55 or older. And although Caucasian woman have a slightly higher risk of developing breast cancer, African-American women are more likely to die from it since they are less likely to perform self breast exams and have regular mammograms where the disease can be detected early. If breast cancer isn’t a major concern for young women, chances are they have a mother, aunt, sister or grandmother who has been affected by the disease.
The only way to make sure more black women are survivors is to include breast health in our usual health responsibility regimen. In addition to eating healthy, being sexually responsible and being incredibly fierce, we need to make sure we take care of the girls. The journey to better breast health starts with a single step: