October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month – an initiative proudly supported by The Blue Room.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting women in South Africa. Stats suggest that 1 in every 28 South African women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.
As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, The Blue Room has launched #ThePinkRoom campaign, highlighting stats around breast cancer, but more importantly sharing the message that early detection is key to prevention.
The most common sign of breast cancer is a lump in the breast. Although this form of cancer is more common in women over 40, it can and does develop in younger women, making regular self-examinations and checks of utmost importance to women of all ages.
Risk factors that increase the chances of developing breast cancer include smoking, alcohol, obesity, inactivity and age.