Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Get Involved!

October 3, 2011 by Molly Huff

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) - a month set aside to promote breast cancer awareness, share information on the disease, and raise money for breast cancer research. 

According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 192,370 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed among U.S. women this year.  Today, there are about 2.5 million breast cancer survivors living in the United States.  Here at Affinity, we want to provide you with some information on early detection and how you can become involved in the fight against this deadly disease.

Affinity encourages all women to have their annual exams and to practice early detection of breast abnormalities between your appointments.  Changes in your breasts that could potentially be signs of breast cancer include:

  • New, hard lumps or thickening in any part of the breast
  • Any change in breast size or shape
  • Dimpling or puckering of the skin
  • Swelling, redness or warmth in the breast(s) that does not go away
  • Pain in one spot that does not vary with your monthly cycle
  • Nipple discharge that starts suddenly and appears only in one breast
  • Areas on one nipple that are itchy, sore or scaling

Additionally, you can become involved in the fight by joining the "Race for the Cure."  The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Series is the world's largest (and most successful) education and fundraising event for breast cancer ever created.  It's a series of 5K runs and fitness walks that raise significant funds and awareness for the breast cancer movement.  The race series also celebrates breast cancer survivorship and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease. 

If you would like to join in the Race for the Cure, the Komen Central Georgia Affiliates are holding their race in Macon on Saturday, October 15, 2011.  You can read more about the event and register here.

Tift Regional Medical Center's Women's Center is also holding a free Breast Cancer Awareness Lecture at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center on October 27.  To register for this lecture online, click here.  Several other free Breast Cancer Awareness Lectures are being held throughout the region during October, and you can find out more about those and register by checking TRMC's Calendar of Events

TRMC is also holding two "Girls Night Out" events during October at their TRMC Women's Imaging Center.  These events offer convenient evening appointment times for women to have their mammograms.  These "Girls Night Out" events will be held October 6 and October 18 - to register or for more information, click here

Affinity Health  supports women's health and breast cancer research, and we want all of you to be cancer-free.  Learn more about breast cancer and what you can do to prevent, treat and support the fight against this disease here.