Breast Cancer Awareness is a cause that is near and dear to my heart. Over the years, not only have I treated many patients with breast cancer, but I have also had family and friends who have fought the disease. Because breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women, many of you likely have friends and family who are fighting this battle as well. October is nationally recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It is an annual health campaign that stresses the importance of early breast cancer detection and that strives to provide greater access to services. Although National Breast Cancer Awareness Month started 25 years ago, there remains much to be accomplished in finding a cure. Some risk factors for breast cancer cannot be changed; however, some lifestyle changes, such as reducing alcohol intake and getting regular physical activity, may reduce your risk. It is important to educate yourself and other women as to the best ways to maintain good breast health. Thanks to the progression of research, improved treatment, and early diagnosis, 2.5 million women today are breast cancer survivors in the U.S.
There are many ways to get involved to help make a difference during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I am very proud to announce that several of the VITAHL staff participated in the Race For The Cure at the beginning of the Month. With a vision to have a world without breast cancer, the staff felt they participated in an amazing event.