Everywhere you look during October, you’re probably seeing some pink for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. But it’s about more than just a color; it’s about helping women now by promoting early detection through regular mammograms and working to help those already diagnosed with breast cancer understand the journey ahead.
According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF), breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women, and every year, over 220,000 women in the United States will learn they are living with it. It’s not just limited to women, though. Over 2,000 American men will be diagnosed as well. But the earlier breast cancer is caught, the more treatable it is. Learning about proper screening methods (including self-exams and mammograms) and the genetic and environmental risk factors associated with breast cancer can really make a difference.
So this month, think pink to help spread awareness and share about your experiences with the #BreastCancerAwareness hashtag. If you’ve recently been diagnosed with breast cancer, check out Beyond the Shock, a huge online resource organized by the NBCF that includes videos on everything from the basics of breast cancer to treatment options and coping methods. And don’t forget there are more than 1,000 others in the breast cancer community on PatientsLikeMe. If you’re looking for support or have questions, join the community and talk to people who get what you’re going through.
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According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), over 25 million people are living with type 2 diabetes in the United States, and 7 million aren’t even aware they have the condition. What’s more, 79 million people have prediabetes, a condition that can include several symptoms of diabetes.1
Do you know if you’re at risk for type 2 diabetes? Today is American Diabetes Association Alert Day, and it’s all about learning and recognizing risk factors. Take the ADA’s online diabetes risk test to learn if you’re at high risk – it’s fast, free and easy. The ADA’s official fact sheet is also full of useful information about diabetes and today’s activities, including Step Out walks and Alert Day Center education events. Visit the ADA’s website to find an event in your area.
Living with type 2 diabetes can involve many lifestyle changes, so if you’ve been diagnosed, are living with prediabetes or are at high risk, visit the PatientsLikeMe type 2 diabetes community to check in with your fellow patients and learn how they manage their condition. You can post questions in the forum and get answers from others living with diabetes, check treatment reports to see what people are taking to manage it, and track your own symptoms to get a better understanding of your own health.
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