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Breast Cancer Awareness

To Life! serves the Capital Region and surrounding communities and is a reliable resource for individuals and families dealing with a breast cancer diagnosis. Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women in New York - skin cancer being first. It is also the second leading cause of cancer-related death in New York women.

The best protection against breast cancer is early detection and diagnosis. Early detection requires each of us to be vigilant with regards to our health and wellbeing.  Here are some resources about being your own best health advocate especially when you have a scheduled doctor's appointment or breast health concern.

Importance of Screening and Early Detection

Know Your Own Risk Factors

Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Breast Health

What to Know About Breast Health Screenings

The Power of a Health Care Advocate

7 Tips for Being Your Own Best Advocate

The month of October has been designated as Breast Health Awareness Month. Breast Cancer Awareness Month is celebrated around the world. This campaign has helped to reduce the stigma associated with breast cancer, it is a time when we celebrate the advances in treatment, rally to raise awareness for this disease and advocate for our family members and friends affected by breast cancer.  To Life! participates in many activites during the month of October related to the campaign. Check out our Calendar for more information.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month will mean different things to different people and is observed in lots of different ways. Let it also be an annual reminder to stay up-to-date on screenings and to assess and revise health habits. It can also be a time of reflection, a reminder that research and advocacy are still needed in the quest for a cure, and an opportunity to celebrate each victory, and every survivor/thriver. 

The color pink has been associated with breast cancer since the early 90s and resonates today. It’s worth noting that color experts describe the color pink as; life affirming, calming, playful, quieting and stress relieving. The lighter pink color used for the breast cancer awareness ribbon is associated with health.