October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. According to the American Cancer Society, over 250,000 cases of breast cancer are diagnosed each year. One out of every eight women in the US will face breast cancer in their lifetime. In the year 2016 alone over 40,000 people, mostly women, will die of breast cancer. These statistics are staggering. In my family, both of my grandmothers died of breast cancer. As I speak, I have four friends dealing with it now. We must do something.
Early intervention and awareness are key. You may wonder why an eye doctor would write about breast cancer? Sadly, breast and lung cancer can metastasize to the eye. That is, sometimes if you have breast or lung cancer you can also get cancerous tumors in your eyes called malignant melanoma. This can lead to permanent loss of sight or blindness.
This month, we introduced Breast Cancer Awareness t-shirts to Pacific Retina Care SM. If you come see us on Thursdays you may see us wearing our shirts. Rather than wearing scrubs, I am allowing our staff to wear their Breast Cancer Awareness t-shirts. This Thursday was our kickoff. See the photo below.
There are more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors right now. So what can you do? Spread the word. Tell your friends and family about how serious breast cancer is and how it can be caught early. Go see your doctor, get your annual mammogram, take care of yourself!