Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Think Pink: It's Breast Cancer Awareness Month

We are now officially in the second full month of classes and the semester appears to be going well. If you need any assistance, please stop by the Blagg-Huey Library, Dallas Center Library, or Houston ARC for research help or a quiet space to study. Beyond classes and projects, October is more than the second month of class, the first month of fall, or the home of Halloween--October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Breast cancer is a very serious illness, one that will claim the lives of nearly 40,290 women in the United States this year alone. This is the most common form of cancer among American women, second only to the various forms of skin cancer. A staggering 12% of women in the United States will be stricken with invasive breast cancer in their lives.

There is good news, however. Survival rates of this once fatal disease are very high in its early stages. If breast cancer is detected in stage I, there is a 100% survival rate. Even as far down as stage III, 72% of those diagnosed will still be alive five years later. Those are some fantastic odds no matter how you slice it! Breast cancer, in its earlier stages, is no longer a death sentence.

Better medical technology and early detection have led to this increased rate of survival, one of the reasons October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This month is about taking steps to detect the disease early, and encouraging others to do the same. Breast cancer is something most, if not all, people are aware of. Ensuring that everyone detects the disease in stages I or II, when the chance of survival is the highest, is what Breast Cancer Awareness Month is all about.

For more information on breast cancer or anything else health-related, take a look at the Health Studies Subject Guide. The journals and databases listed in the guide should make researching a wide variety of health-related topics much easier. Should you feel like donating to cancer research, the American Cancer Society is a great place to start.

Let’s make this Breast Cancer Awareness Month a successful one, T Dub!

~Jason Mims

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