October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast cancer Awareness

Metro Atlanta Urban Farm supports the national efforts of Breast Cancer awareness month. We encourage our community to be proactive about your health. For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, pink ribbons and activities help to bring to the forefront our awareness of Breast Cancer and a shared national conversation.

1 in 8 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. In 2023, an estimated 297,790 women and 2,800 men will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. Chances are each of us knows at least on e person who has been personally affected by breast cancer.

There is hope. When caught in its earliest stages, the 5-year relative survival rate is 99%. Advances in early detection and treatment methods have significantly increased breast cancer survival rates in recent years. There are currently over 3.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.

We encourage you to get involved. Get screened. Take action. Make this Breast Cancer Awareness Month about more than awareness. Make it about action.

Remember: It is very important for women age 40 and over of average risk to receive screening mammogram once a year. Some women at increased risk of developing breast cancer may begin receiving mammograms before the age of 40.

Speak with your healthcare provider to discuss monthly breast self-exam and determine a screening schedule that is best for you. Most breast cancer does not cause any signs or symptoms in its early stages. Remember detecting breast cancer early empowers you to make more informed decisions about options for treatment and provide better long term outcomes.

For members of our community who are breast cancer survivors or caregivers of survivors, Metro Atlanta Urban applauds your efforts and prays for continued comfort and meaning as you continue down the SURVIVORSHIP road.

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