We all know someone who has been affected by cancer. It is one of the biggest plagues to affect humankind worldwide—an issue for which we run marathons, bike across the country, and hold fundraisers. For women, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer and the second most common cause of death from cancer. It is because of these statistics that we need to continue to raise awareness, especially during October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

In my own experience, my beloved grandmother and mother-in-law are survivors of breast cancer, and I know the toll it can take on a person and their loved ones. Forever fearing the worst, watching as their bodies react to the medicines that can be effective against the disease—it is not an easy thing to go through as a family. My loved ones were lucky, but that’s certainly not the case for everyone.

According to the American Cancer Society, in 2017 it is estimated there will be over 250,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer among women, with over 40,000 resulting in death. While raising awareness for this disease and donating time and resources towards a cure, we must also encourage preventative care, in the hopes of reducing these numbers.

This October, I hope you’ll do your part in spreading the word about this very important issue, whether that be to learn more about the symptoms of breast cancer or to remind a loved one to schedule their regular screening. I know what it’s like to watch someone you love fight against this disease, and any small step in the right direction of a cure or to save someone’s life is worth it.

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