October, the Month of Pink

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Yep, that’s a pink White House! In October 2008, the White House turned Pink to celebrate National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 

If you haven’t noticed, the color pink is everywhere in October. There are hundreds of “pink” events, NFL players sporting pink gear, and a few years ago, they even turned the White House pink! Everyone looks great in pink, but the meaning behind the color is what really makes it special.October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and all this pink has a very real purpose. 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. That’s a horrifying statistic, but the silver lining is that when it’s detected early, it’s very treatable. So breast cancer awareness is absolutely vital in saving lives. If women know how to detect early, it’ll help more women win their battle.

With that in mind, here are a few tips for women to detect breast cancer early:

1) If you’re older than 40, get an annual mammogram. 

2) Learn how to perform a self-examination. There are lots of methods, and it’s ok to ask your doctor for the best technique. 

3) Know you family history and risk factors. 

4) Don’t let fear get in the way of screening.

In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Health Dialog is making their breast cancer treatment decision aids publicly available in October. These aids are designed for people who are facing a diagnosis, and are looking to make educated, informed decisions for treatment. If you or a loved one could use a good resource, check out this site: Breast Cancer Decision Aids.

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