October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. During this time of the year, it is important for women to learn the risks of breast cancer. Women can learn more through education, screenings, early detection, and overall awareness of the disease. According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is one of the most common types of cancer, effecting 1 in 8 women, and is the second most common cancer for women.

The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation offers resources and support, as well as, fundraising and donation opportunities to continue to invest in research, cures, and breast cancer awareness.

With the abundance of education available women can help mitigate the risks of breast cancer through early detection by going for their yearly mammograms, education about the disease, and knowing their family history and risks. The National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. has released 3 Steps to Early Detection, to assist women in early detection and is an additional resource for many women to learn more and through this, educate other women.

Knowledge is the important tool for women to keep themselves educated and informed. Not only in October, but every day, women need to continue to educate themselves, family, and friends about the importance of early detection and breast health. Our biggest tool available is the knowledge not only we gain, but also share with others to help continue to spread awareness, hope, and a cure.

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