Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Contribution to the Battle
Contribution to the Battle
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. From the widely recognized Pink Ribbon to Mammograms, Breast Cancer Awareness Month is more than just awareness, it is an opportunity to educate; early detection has led to significant improvements of breast cancer survival and new medical devices have contributed to catching early signs of cancer.
What is breast cancer?
The National Breast Cancer Foundation classifies cancer as "A broad term for a class of diseases characterized by abnormal cells that grow and invade healthy cells in the body. Breast cancer starts in the cells of the breast as a group of cancer cells that can then invade surrounding tissues or spread (metastasize) to other areas of the body.”
Breast cancer can be diagnosed during a physical exam, by a self-exam of the breasts or through mammograms.
Don’t forget the guys!
Breast cancer is not limited to women. While women are more prone to being diagnosed with breast cancer, 1 in every 1000 men will also contract breast cancer. Yes chaps, you are susceptible too.
What is a mammogram?
A mammogram is a specific type of breast exam that can identify potential abnormalities before they appear via a self-exam. The exam itself takes only about 10-15 minutes and according to the American College of Radiology, this is the only test shown to reduce breast cancer deaths.
Why are mammograms important?
Early detection is the biggest influence on survival statistics. According to The National Breast Cancer Foundation, 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. You (and your partner) know your body, if there are any out-of-place changes, contact a doctor to schedule a medical appointment.
Where can I get checked?
A wide of variety of medical facilities offer breast examinations, especially during the month of October. Clinics, hospitals and mobile clinics are key locations for people to receive mammogram tests. Mobile clinics are becoming a popular choice, due to convenience - women can get checked at work or while shopping. Check your local medical websites for more details on locations and times.
Brunel’s contribution in the Life Science Industry
Brunel contributes to the battle by placing top talent into organizations seeking to eradicate all cancers. We place skilled professionals in some of the top Life Sciences sectors such as: Clinical, Pharmaceutical, Biotech, R&D and Medical Devices. We work with organizations innovating the next generation of medical devices to detect and treat cancer.