October: Awareness for Breast Cancer


 In 1985, October became known as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. During Breast Cancer Awareness Month many people try to fundraise for the cause and educate people on the topic, like the risk factors, etc. October 13th is nationally recognized in the United States as Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day. Metastatic cancer is when cancer spreads to other parts of the body, around 30% of breast cancer will spread in its early stages. Metastatic Cancer can not be cured, it can only be treated by many different cancer treatments. Recently in 2021, Joe Biden designated October 17th-23rd as Men Breast Cancer Awareness Week. More women suffer from Breast cancer than men but we can’t forget to show recognition to everyone who is suffering from the disease. 

 The Florida Breast Cancer Foundation is Florida’s top charity navigator for Breast Cancer, it was created by three women in 1993. It is a non-profit organization that dedicates its time to researching, educating, and advocating for people with breast cancer.

They have many different programs such as educational programs which The Florida Breast Cancer Foundation has in place because they want to make sure that everyone is educated on Breast Cancer so they fund education grants for non-profit based communities, they do this because they believe everyone should know about the topic, therefore, they’ll be capable of monitoring their own health and know what to look for and the severity. They also have scientific research programs which focus on clinical research, understanding the environmental factors of breast cancer, psycho-immunologic mechanisms, breast cancer progression, etc. The foundation also has programs for scientific and educational grants.

 The National Breast Cancer Foundation is also a very well-known organization that helps educate people on the topic of breast cancer. They want people to know how many people actually develop cancer, how to give yourself a breast exam and what to look for, and know what breast pain means.

The National Breast Cancer Foundation knows that poverty, lack of education, and healthcare are all reasons for people not being aware of breast cancer and that’s something they want to prevent. You can get involved by making donations, starting fundraisers, and educating others with facts.