October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 1, 2019 – Breast Cancer Awareness Month, marked in countries across the world every October, increases attention and support for awareness, early detection and treatment.

There are about 1.38 million new cases of breast cancer each year. Breast cancer is by far the most common cancer in women worldwide. Research from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health last year found that Flight Attendants in the U.S. have a higher prevalence of every cancer they studied, especially breast cancer, melanoma, and non-melanoma skin cancer.

Early detection of the disease remains the cornerstone of breast cancer control. When breast cancer is detected early with adequate diagnosis and treatment, there is a good chance that breast cancer can be cured. Today, in the United States alone, there are over 3.5 million women and men breast cancer survivors.

Chances are you know someone with or impacted by breast cancer. This is everyone’s fight.

Remember, your AFA EAP is available to confidentially assist you with any health-related issues. You can find a listing of your local EAP committee members at https://www.afacwa.org/eap or by calling 800-424-2406.

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