October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. (File photo)

The October month is finally here! With the seasons and weather changing, let’s fully understand the awareness month that is taking place – Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This is a very important time as we are able to recognize those who have been affected and those who battle with breast cancer everyday.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month, held in the month of October every year, aims to promote breast cancer screenings and prevention of the disease. According to breastcancer.org, breast cancer affects one in eight women in the United States every year and 2.3 million women worldwide.

We see full representation of support in different areas, from sports to the workplace. The color pink is especially emphasized, due to so many people being affected or knowing someone who has been affected by the disease.

According to breastcancer.org, “The event began in 1985 as a week-long awareness campaign by the American Cancer Society, in partnership with Imperial Chemical Industries. It eventually extended to a month-long event. In 1992, the pink ribbon came into play.”

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Breast cancer awareness month has been a pivotal focus throughout the year for a lot of other diseases and calls for everyone to bring more attention and light to the people that really need our help. Bringing awareness towards the disease helps people get ahead and use their resources to ensure that they can do everything possible to remain healthy. And there is truly not one way to identify someone who has been affected by breast cancer.

For a disease that affects so many people worldwide, you may never know if you encounter someone who has or has had the disease. That’s why increasing our knowledge helps benefit the people around us and also gives us a new perspective for how we view breast cancer.

Even some of our favorite celebrities have or have had breast cancer before. These celebrities include Angelina Jolie, Wanda Sykes, Christina Applegate, and more.

A lot of celebrities and notable figures have mentioned that shining light in awareness on breast cancer can help the next person pay attention to their health more. We can also encourage people to do more research on the disease and its effects.

As the month continues, showing your support by wearing pink, putting on a pink ribbon, or just doing simple research can help go a long way.

For more information on breast cancer visit www.breastcancer.org or contact your local doctor.