Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center proudly joins the worldwide movement this October as we commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month and unite in the battle against breast cancer. This annual observance serves as a reminder of the countless lives affected by this deadly disease, bringing together individuals, organizations, and communities to raise awareness, promote early detection, and provide support to those affected.
Breast cancer is the most diagnosed cancer in women, affecting thousands of women in the U.S. every year. Approximately 13% of women will experience breast cancer during their lifetime, which translates to about 1 in every 8 women in the U.S. Breast cancer can also affect men, although it's less common. The exact cause of breast cancer remains elusive, but it is known to occur when cells in the breast undergo uncontrolled division and growth, ultimately forming tumors.
This disease affects not only the lives of those diagnosed but also the families and friends who stand alongside them in their journey toward recovery. During this month, Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center seeks to create awareness about the crucial need for blood donations, as they play a pivotal role in the treatment and care of breast cancer patients.
Blood donations serve as unsung heroes in the treatment of breast cancer patients, making a significant difference in their journey. Many breast cancer patients undergo chemotherapy and radiation therapy, which often cause a drop in vital blood components, including red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. Additionally, breast cancer surgeries, such as mastectomy or lumpectomy, may require blood transfusions in cases of unexpected bleeding during the procedure. Blood donations provide these essential components to counteract the adverse effects of treatment and sustain the overall health of patients.
Your blood donation has the power to make a significant difference in the lives of those navigating the challenges of breast cancer treatment. Join us in making a meaningful difference this October during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Together, we can be a beacon of strength and support for individuals and families confronting this challenge.
Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is a nonprofit organization, accredited by the Food and Drug Administration, and the sole provider of blood and blood components 24/7 to more than 170 hospitals and health care facilities in a 26-county Texas Gulf Coast region.