Why Breast and Liver Cancer Awareness Month Matters – The Oakland Post
As a month with trees full of colors, October represents Breast and Liver Cancer Awareness Month, dedicated to raising awareness of breast and liver cancer and raising funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure.
When October arrives, come out the pumpkins, costumes and bags of candy. However, among the black and orange are patches of pink. Because the color pink has become synonymous with breast cancer awareness, everything – including many sports teams and influencers etc. – turns pink in its observance.
Breast cancer is still a widespread disease and one of the most common types of cancer in the United States that affects thousands of women each year. According to the National Cancer Institute estimate, approximately 246,660 women in the United States are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer.
It got to a point where everyone has a sister, mother, aunt or cousin who has been touched by breast cancer. Like everyone around me, my mom was also diagnosed with breast cancer. However, she is fully recovered now. Because it is a very common type of cancer, the survival rate is around 90%, which also indicates that there are more survivors who can share their experiences with others.
As the largest gland in the human body, the liver performs many vital functions without which a person cannot survive. Cases of liver cancer are more common in East Asian and African countries and rare in the United States.
While many people now know that October represents breast cancer awareness, few can associate this month with liver cancer.
Sometimes silence can lead to later diagnoses and higher death rates. According to data from the Surveillance, Epidemiology and Endpoints Program, an individual’s chance of surviving liver cancer for more than five years is 20.3%.
Today, the American Liver Foundation joins hundreds of nonprofits across the country to launch a new national day of giving called ‘GivingTuesday,’ said Tom Nealon, former CEO of American Liver Foundation, in its history of serving the liver cancer community. “Please join me in donating to the American Liver Foundation today so that Zac [Nealon’s patient match] and the 30 million Americans with liver disease may have a better future.
It seems like there is an awareness day or month for almost everything these days. You might think how much of a difference designating a certain cancer awareness month can make. If cancer has affected you or someone in your life in any way, you probably know how important it is to fight this terrible disease, and you want to make sure that you are making a real difference.
Although cancer is still one of the most serious problems facing the world today, a cancer diagnosis is not always a death sentence. With advances in oncology, more and more treatments are available for a variety of types of cancer.
Cancer awareness removes the stigma and fear attached to it and helps people recognize the early signs and symptoms of cancer, allowing them to seek treatment at an early stage. For the rest of October, I really hope people recognize the seriousness of breast and liver cancer and make a difference in their communities, whether it is as small as wearing a particular color showing a precious act of empathy, solidarity and reassurance. , make donations or be part of a research team studying these cancers. Everybody can.