iHeart Health, Wellness, and Awareness focuses on a different topic monthly that impacts our community. This month, we are focusing on Breast Cancer Awareness and Domestic Violence Awareness for October.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Breast Cancer affects over 275,000 women and over 2,500 men annually. One in eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. It is the most common cancer among women worldwide, and is only second in number of cases to skin cancer for American women. Death rates from breast cancer have been decreasing since 1990, but largely this is due to early detection, increased awareness, and the improving medical treatments for this type of cancer.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Domestic Violence affects millions of men and women across our country. It can involve physical and mental abuse, and come in many forms. Almost 3 out of 4 Americans know a victim of domestic violence. Most recently with the pandemic, the need for assistance to victims has become much greater and much more difficult for victims to safely access. Our friends at Alternatives to Violence have launched a discreet text line for anyone needing help. The number to text is (970) 669-5157.
What You Can Do To Help These Causes:
Spreading awareness is always key. Whether you want to hold a day of remembrance for those that have passed, or help a friend or neighbor in need, there are many ways to engage with these causes. For more information and different ways you can get involved, please direct here for resources from the CDC on breast cancer, and here for local resources for domestic violence through Alternatives to Violence.