Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 11:14:00 AM

In October, us Minnesotans watch as the leaves change from green to gold, orange, and red. While pink may not be one of the traditional fall colors, pink is still in the air this time of year. We see everything from pink ribbons to pink bags to pink socks on NFL players during October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

It’s amazing that even with the flood of pink reminders this month, people still think, “This won’t happen to me.” The truth is breast cancer can happen to anyone. To help promote awareness, we wanted to take a few moments to share a few facts and prevention tips about this horrible, widespread disease.

Breast cancer is blind to race, social status, and even gender. Yes, the majority of breast cancer victims are women (one in eight), but men are at risk as well (one in 1,000). In 2014, more than 2,360 cases of breast cancer were diagnosed in men. While it may not be true in all cases, breast cancer can be hereditary. If you have breast cancer or any other type of cancer in your family history, we recommend taking extra precautions to help detect any early signs of development.

One way to help decrease your chance of developing breast cancer is to exercise regularly and maintain a healthy lifestyle. This is a great philosophy to live by to prevent not just breast cancer, but several other diseases and illnesses as well. We’re not saying you need to be a cardio buff or health nut, but just be cautious of how you treat your body. Live healthy to be healthy.

Even with a strict diet and exercise routine, all of us are still at risk. That is why routine checkups and exams are crucial. The sooner breast cancer is detected, the sooner a treatment plan can be discussed and implemented. This is when breast cancer awareness plays its most critical role. Reminding us that we all need to take this seriously and make our health a priority.

Join us in spreading the word and keeping breast cancer awareness going all year round – not just in October! If we can help one women or one man break the “this won’t happen to me” bubble and possibly save someone's life, it’s worth it!

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