About Breast Cancer Awareness Month at Osmosis
Oct 2, 2019
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It is an opportunity to highlight the importance of breast health awareness, education, and research. Breast cancer, or breast carcinoma, is an uncontrolled growth of epithelial cells within the breast. It is the most common cancer in women, with 1 in 8 women in the United States being diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, but it can happen to anyone.
To learn more about the risk factors, symptoms, proper technique for a breast self-exam*, mammogram screenings, and treatments, check out the Osmosis Clinical Reasoning video:
A variety of events are organized around awareness and fundraising for cancer research and treatment, often associated with pink ribbons. You might notice our own social posts have taken on a new shade of pink in a show of solidarity to end breast cancer. There are many ways to get involved, spread awareness, or even donate to the cause.
Ways to Get Involved
Osmosis has partnered with the Get in Touch Foundation, a nonprofit which promotes initiatives in breast health education. The Get In Touch Foundation’s vision of saving lives through global breast health education and advocacy is fundamental. We’ll be participating in their GIT Your Pink On Day on October 18th. Simply wear pink to help spread breast cancer awareness. We encourage participants to post on social using the hashtags #ozzyinpink #GYPOD and donate $1 to Get in Touch Foundation.
Maybe a more personal way to get involved is to share the story of how you or a loved one have been affected by breast cancer. Betsy, President of the Get in Touch Foundation, formed GIT after her mother developed breast cancer, and is carrying on her mission. Remember, Breast Cancer Awareness is important all year— it doesn’t just end in October.
* Note: While research hasn’t shown that breast self-exams reduce the risk of dying from breast cancer, they’re still a way for people to be aware of changes in their bodies. If you feel something’s not right, contact a health professional.