Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer and second most common cause of cancer-related death among Texas women. It is expected that over 17,000 new cases will occur in Texas this year alone.
That is why each October is designated Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time when individuals and organizations throughout Texas and the United States work to foster an increased awareness of breast cancer, prevention options and ongoing research toward a cure.
It is important to realize that breast cancer does not only affect women and the American Cancer Society estimates that over 2,500 new cases of male breast cancer will be diagnosed across our nation in 2018. However, the issue of male breast cancer is not well-known. As such, many men may not recognize the warning signs of this disease or may feel uncomfortable about seeking treatment.
While cancer is an incredibly daunting diagnosis, prevention and early detection are the keys to survival. Knowing your body and your family history are also critical to lowering your risk for breast cancer. Being aware of assistance programs that doctors, state entities and nonprofit organizations can provide, such as screenings, treatments and breast reconstruction services is also crucial for breast cancer patients.
At this time, Greg and I encourage all Texans to participate in this effort and to support breast cancer patients, the families and friends of those affected by this disease, and the medical professionals who provide invaluable care. Through information and education, we can work toward a brighter, cancer-free future for the Lone Star State.