October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we stand in solidarity with our fellow glambabes in supporting the cause and spreading awareness of this dreaded disease.
What is Breast Cancer?
Breast cancer is an illness that occurs when malignant cancer cells form in the breast tissues.
Who are at risk?
According to the American Cancer Society. The main risk factors for breast cancer are things you cannot change: being a woman, getting older, genetic factors, having a family history of breast cancer, having a personal history of breast cancer, race and ethnicity and more. These make your risk of breast cancer higher. But having a risk factor, or even many, does not mean that you are sure to get the disease.
Breast Cancer in the Philippines
According to a published local study on breast cancer risk factors. Age-related causes of breast cancer very in different parts of the globe although significantly lower rates are found in Asian and African populations except for Metro Manila (Philippines) according to the Manila Cancer Registry. The reason for this high rate is unknown.
16 percent of the 50,000 cases diagnosed with cancer are breast cancer cases. (2010 Philippine Cancer Facts and Estimates) Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the Philippines and it is the most common cancer amongst women. (28% of the total cases) 1 out of 4 diagnosed with breast cancer die within the first 5 years and no less than 40% die within 10 years.
Despite these figures, Breast Cancer is still a preventable and curable disease. There is a marked increase in breast cancer survivors worldwide due to increased awareness, treatment options and early detection of the disease at a more curable stage. (Source)
How can you Prevent and Avoid Breast Cancer?
Regular screening, early detection, lifestyle change and avoiding known causes of breast cancer and cancerous substances is your best bet. Educating yourself, your loved ones and the people around you about breast cancer, risk factors, causes, symptoms and where to seek help can go a long way.
Support this Cause
Look fab for a cause! Today we are treating our glambabes to a 10% off sitewide sale* in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Part of the proceeds of the sale will go towards supporting the Philippine Cancer Society. Shop now and give back!