It isn’t clear exactly when the month of October became synonymous with breast cancer awareness, but the movement has spread across the globe.
You’ll see many sporting the pink ribbon this month at various awareness events such as charity golf tournaments, charity balls, talks and more.
Breast cancer is the number one type of cancer in women worldwide and accounts for over a quarter of all cancer cases. Even though men can get it too, it’s over a hundred times more common in women than men.
- A hard lump in the breast - A change in breast shape - Fluid leaking from the nipple - Skin turning red and scaly - Bone pain - Swollen lymph nodes
Depending on the severity of the cancer, treatment options range from breast conservation surgery (only removes part of the breast) to mastectomy (removal of the entire breast).
Mastectomies are sometimes also done as a preventative measure; Hollywood superstar Angelina Jolie underwent a preventative double mastectomy in 2013 for just this reason.