Breast Cancer Awareness

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 Breast Cancer Awareness Month 

By: Jamya Cathey 

                                                     

Everyone in their lifetime will probably know someone or hear of someone facing cancer. Cancer is a group of diseases caused by an uncontrolled division of abnormal cells. It can attack any organ in the body. There are over 100 different types of cancer. 

 One of the most common types of cancer is breast cancer. Breast Cancer kills many women each year.  “About one in eight U.S women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime,” (U.S. Breast Cancer Statistics).  Cancer is an epidemic; that has separated families from their loved ones for centuries. 

The month of October is recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness month in the United States. This month has been used as a campaign to spread awareness of the disease. In hopes of saving the lives of millions of women globally. People often host breast cancer walks, shave their heads, and host numerous fundraisers for the cause. 

This subject has a special place in my heart. My great aunt died in 2005 from the disease. My other aunt has battled cancer in numerous parts of the body many times. My great grandmother who is 85 is currently battling a rare form of invasive breast cancer. I have seen many people fight and win the battle of breast cancer, and some who have unfortunately passed away from it. 

We use this month not only as an awareness month, but also as a month of celebration. We celebrate the people that have survived, and we celebrate the lives of the people who didn’t make it. Cancer is a disease that have claimed the lives of many. However, with more medical research and a little hope; Cancer will one day be eradicated.  

 

 

“Breast Cancer Awareness Month.” National Breast Cancer Foundationwww.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-awareness-month. 

“U.S. Breast Cancer Statistics.” Breastcancer.org, 13 Feb. 2019, https://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/understand_bc/statistics.