Everybody! Listen up, this is important! October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. All us cats have Bean Moms who look after us. We have to look after them, too. Here are Five Things to tell your friends (and Moms) about breast cancer.*
1. All women can get breast cancer, even those who have no family history of the disease.
2. The two most important factors for breast cancer and being a woman and growing older.
3. Women diagnosed with early breast cancer, when the cancer is small and has not spread, have a high chance of surviving it. Mammograms are the best way to find breast cancer early. Women should get one every year starting at age 40. If a woman notices any breast changes, she should tell her doctor without delay.
4. Women can help reduce their chances of developing breast cancer by engaging in regular physical activity, maintaining a healthy weight, and limiting alcohol intake.
5. Through early detection and improved treatments, more woman than ever are surviving breast cancer.
Mom had her annual mammogram yesterday, and came back with this packet of goodies, including a nice beaded bookmark.
For some reason, women are not having their regular mammograms, and this is not good. Make sure your Mom gets hers!
*Information from the American Cancer Society, www.cancer.org