National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a chance to raise awareness about the importance of detecting breast cancer early. Make a difference! Spread the word about mammograms, and encourage communities, organizations, families, and individuals to get involved.
How can National Breast Cancer Awareness Month make a difference?
We can use this opportunity to spread the word about steps women can take to detect breast cancer early.
Here are just a few ideas:
Ask doctors and nurses to speak to women about the importance of getting screened for breast cancer.
Encourage women ages 40 to 49 to talk with their doctors about when to start getting mammograms.
Organize an event to talk with women ages 50 to 74 in your community about getting mammograms every 2 years.
Healthy cells regularly divide to form two new cells and they do this in a tightly controlled manner. However, in cancer cells this mechanism is disrupted which causes them to divide and grow uncontrollably. However, breast cancer cells need to use a process called ‘centrosome clustering’ so that they can survive whilst dividing and this process is unique to cancer cells. Professor Judy Coulson has identified how two proteins called DUBs, help cancer cells divide in this way. She will study the role of these proteins in tumour samples donated by women with breast cancer and will alter their function to see what effect it has on breast cancer cells. The hope is that this will mean cancer cells are no longer able to divide, stopping them growing uncontrollably.
Join in and help spread awareness on social media with #BreastCancerAwarenessMonth and #GoPink.
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