October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is a chance to raise awareness about the dangers of this disease and the importance of early detection of breast cancer.
What is Breast Cancer?
Cancer is a result of abnormal cell growth. These cells can penetrate tissue and eventually form tumors. When these abnormal cells begin growing in the breast tissue they can lead to breast cancer. Breast cancer cells can spread to the lymph nodes through lymphatic vessels. Once these cancer cells have spread to lymph nodes, the risk of the cancer spreading to other parts of the body is much greater.
How can I protect myself?
While breast cancer thought to be hereditary, even if it doesn’t run in your family you should still be proactive about protecting yourself. One out of eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. Getting screened annually will detect cancer early and increase your chance of beating the odds. Maintaining a healthy diet and regular exercise may also reduce your risk.
How can I help?
All of us here at Falcon are committed to the fight against breast cancer. In honor of those affected by breast cancer, throughout the month of October, Falcon will donate $5 to the American Cancer Society for every new enrollment in auto-pay or a new lawn or pest service. If you wish to donate directly to the cause you can here.
For more information about breast cancer, resources and support visit the American Cancer Society’s breast cancer site.