October is a great time to start a conversation
we should be having all year-round
Breasts are super important to Anna Zuckerman Luxury, mostly because every single one of our customers have them. We love our customers and want them to stick around as long as possible, regardless of whether they buy anything ever again. That’s why we wanted to dedicate our newest blog to what is and isn’t known about breast cancer and prevention.
A conversation worth having
Everyone is at risk of developing breast cancer. Everyone. Women, men, the mature and the developing – even people who are healthy, eat right, exercise, and have no family history of the disease. That said, there are certain factors that increase a person’s chances, like having an inherited gene mutation, taking menopausal hormones, or being overweight as an adult, and those *still* do not explain why more than 280,000 women and men can expect a breast cancer diagnosis in the U.S. in any given year.
The two most common risks for breast cancer are being female and getting older, but that is not remotely absolute. The only thing we know for absolute certainty is that if breast cancer is found early, there are more treatment options, and the outcomes are better in general. Studies show mammograms can find breast cancer early, up to 10 years before it would be large enough to feel. With one in eight women being diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, mammograms cannot be promoted enough.
What we don’t know can hurt us
Why do some breast cancers go into hiding after treatment only to recur years later as metastatic breast cancer? Why is breast cancer mortality rate 40% higher among black women? Why will more than 42,000 women and men die from breast cancer in the U.S. alone this year? The fact that we still don’t have these answers is why we still need a month to begin a national conversation about breast cancer awareness, and then need to keep talking all year round.
So, what DO we know?
We actually know more about breast cancer than ever before. We know it’s a family of diseases, each version with different appearances and behaviors. We know more than ever about the different subtypes of breast cancer, and the subtypes of those, and have more specific treatments that aim to kill the cancer cells and prevent them from recurring or coming back. We know that more than $1 Billion in funding has been provided to researchers working on ending the disease, and more lives are being saved as a result. But more work is still to be done to save lives and help people live those lives better and longer.
What can we do?
Wear pink, check your boobs, and walk a 5k in your area for charity. And fight to remove any barriers to care for the people impacted. We must reduce the disparities that exist across races, genders, and ethnicities. It’s not just about being more aware of the disease; it’s about being aware of the challenges that remain.
Until we stamp it out and prevent it from coming back, there is no expiration date for breast cancer awareness. It’s more than one month or one year or even a single generation.
To help spread awareness even more, AZL is offering 25% OFF all Argyle Pink items from now until October 31st! Offer excludes items already on clearance. Simply use Coupon Code AP2021 when checking out (or click HERE and it will be automatically added to your shopping cart) and be sure to tell anyone admiring your new luxury item that you saved money to help save lives!