October is World Breast Cancer Awareness Month: don’t let it pass you by.
Just so you don’t forget, Ukraine is promoting the event this year by floodlighting Kyiv, Odesa, and Lviv opera houses in pink. Musicians from the USA, Georgia, Germany, and Ukraine also took part in a live music marathon in support of people suffering from the disease.
Anyone can be affected by breast cancer: although it is more prevalent in women, men can also develop the disease. It is the most common cancer: every year in Ukraine, 5 500 women die from it, and 14 500 new cases are registered.
If detected in the early stages, breast cancer is curable: according to statistics, 95% of Stage 1 cases can be completely cured, compared to 80% of Stage 2 cases, and just 50% of Stage 3 ones.
This is why it’s so crucial to learn how to do a self check-up, and examine your own breasts regularly. Women should also get regular medical check-ups, or make an appointment with a mammologist. It’s easy to forget, feel self-conscious about it, or claim that you’re too busy – but these simple steps can literally save lives. So, no excuses. Make sure you remind your mothers, grandmothers, sisters, friends, wives, and girlfriends about it too.
Your health is in your hands – so be aware, and take care of yourself and your family.