“Fight Like A Girl”: October- National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October, widely known as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, has recently ended. Unless you have been living under a rock you could not miss the countless events acknowledging Breast Cancer research and awareness. President Obama, even proclaimed October 2012 National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 

“This month, we stand with the mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts, and friends who have been affected by breast cancer, and we recognize the ongoing efforts of dedicated advocates, researchers, and health care providers who strive each day to defeat this terrible disease. In memory of the loved ones we have lost and inspired by the resilience of those living with the disease, let us strengthen our resolve to lead our Nation toward a future free from cancer in all its forms.”
(Source: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/10/01/presidential-proclamation-national-breast-cancer-awareness-month-2012)

This disease has affected the women of our country for generations and continues to do so. Staying as informed and educated as possible is the most important thing we as women can do to for our healthy selves. Promoting awareness, especially during October, The National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) has been one of the leaders in the fight against breast cancer.

“Since its inception more than 25 years ago, NBCAM has been at the forefront of promoting awareness of breast cancer issues and has evolved along with the national dialogue on breast cancer. NBCAM recognizes that, although many great strides have been made in breast cancer awareness and treatment, there remains much to be accomplished. Today, we remain dedicated to educating and empowering women to take charge of their own breast health.”
(Source: http://www.nbcam.org/)

This initiative has taken the country by storm. October was a month filled with pink all around us. From professional athletes sporting pink cleats, gloves and other accessories on the football field, to various fundraisers, and other awareness campaigns, October was a month about encouraging women–both young and old–to take care of themselves and take the necessary precautions that lead to earlier detection. It is important to remember to take the time to do a monthly self-exam, release stress from their bodies with exercise, dancing, or even just jumping rope.

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