October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Each year, thousands of women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer. 13% of women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. That’s about 1 in 8 women in the U.S, according to breastcancer.org. The exact cause of breast cancer is unknown, but cancer occurs when cells in the breast divide and grow without their normal control forming tumors. Breast cancer is the most diagnosed cancer in women.
Donating Blood to Help Cancer Patients
Cancer patients need red blood cells and platelet transfusions to survive during their treatments. Platelets are especially important to people battling cancer. Platelets, which make up less than 1% of our blood, help the body repair damaged blood vessels.
Blood donations helped Suzanne Boase Honeycutt when she was battling breast cancer. Suzanne was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015. She had a double mastectomy and underwent six months of chemotherapy. Suzanne developed an infection during chemotherapy and needed a blood transfusion. Today, Suzanne is a breast cancer survivor.
Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is seeing a demand for platelets. Platelets only have a five-day shelf life. That’s why we need consistent platelet donors. You’re able to donate platelets every seven days, up to 24 times a year. Please take some time and be a hero to your community and help save lives by scheduling an appointment today.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month Resources
October is dedicated to raising awareness of breast cancer. Today, there are unlimited resources for people to turn to. Whether you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, wanting to get a checkup, or you may want to find out how you can help. Here are a few links:
Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation | Susan G. Komen®
Breast Cancer.org U.S. Breast Cancer Statistics | Breastcancer.org
Getting a mammogram Mammogram Basics | How Does A Mammogram Work? (cancer.org)
National Breast Cancer Foundation Information, Awareness & Donations - National Breast Cancer Foundation