CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Pink will be the signature color of many people this month. Tuesday marked the start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in West Virginia and across the United States.
“Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women and one in eight will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime,” said Newhouse.
“We’ve come such a long way in these last 30 years that surviving and thriving is the name of the game, but only if there’s early detection.”
Officials with the Susan G. Komen Foundation recommend that women start getting mammograms at age 40, but that recommendation can vary based on each individual patient’s risk of breast cancer. Family history is a big part of the equation.
Because of the increased use of mammography, most women are diagnosed at an early stage before symptoms appear. However, not all breast cancers are found through mammography.
The warning signs of breast cancer vary, but the most common symptoms are a change in the look or feel of the breast or a change in the look or feel of the nipple and nipple discharge. For more information, you can go to www.komen.org.
Newhouse said continued education about breast cancer is important.
“In some respects, we know we’re coming a long way. We’re getting more and more women to understand their personal risk and the importance of screenings, but we still have a long way to go,” she said.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month will be marked with activities this October throughout West Virginia.