Breast cancer is very common in the United States. It’s actually the most common cause of cancer in women aside from non-melanoma skin cancer. Although many women struggle with breast cancer every year, there are steps that everyone can take to join the fight against this deadly disease. Below are four ways in which you can get involved.
- Raise awareness: Educating yourself about the many controllable and non-controllable risk factors that can contribute to the development of breast cancer and other forms of the disease can help you and your family live healthier, longer lives. This important knowledge can also empower you to help others who may be struggling to maintain good health.
- Support research efforts: Making donations to organizations that support research, education, and awareness efforts can also be an excellent way for you to be more involved in the fight against breast cancer. It is through medical research that all of the new, advanced treatment modalities are developed.
- Get screened regularly: If you are getting annual mammograms, you are already participating in one of the most important activities working toward cancer prevention. Encourage the other women you know to do the same—the American Cancer Society recommends that most women begin their yearly mammograms at the age of 40.
- Volunteer at local events: Finding local events such as fundraisers or charity walks, and volunteering your valuable time will allow you to be active in your community and in the fight against breast cancer.
These are only a few of the ways in which you can support the men and women who have had their own battle with breast cancer and its complications. To find more ways to stay healthy and promote the wellness of those around you, contact the practice of Marla W. Dudak, MD at (888) 418-6759. Dr. Dudak is an experienced breast surgeon who is dedicated to the prevention, treatment, and cure of breast cancer.