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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month BOXFOX pledges to do their part in helping find a cure. This month we will be donating 15% of our best selling PAMPER // PINK to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation! This is a cause that is near and dear to our hearts, with team members who have felt the effects of Breast Cancer in the lives of family & friends. We are proud to do our part to help find a cure!

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation is a nonprofit organization committed to achieving the end of breast cancer. We provide critical funding for cancer research worldwide to fuel advances in tumor biology, genetics, prevention, treatment, metastasis, and survivorship.

Facts:

  • Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed among US women and is the second leading cause of death among women after lung cancer. 
  • This year, an estimated 43,600 women will die from breast cancer in the U.S. Although rare, men get breast cancer too.
  •  In 2021, an estimated 2,650 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year in the U.S. and approximately 530 will die. 
  • There are over 3.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. 
  • On average, every 2 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States.

Know your Genes:  Has someone in your family been diagnosed with Breast Cancer? Have an open conversation with your family to know your risk and take action early if necessary! A person could be considered at high risk for BRCA mutations if they have a family history of:

  • Breast cancer diagnosed before age 50.
  • Male breast cancer at any age.
  • Multiple relatives on the same side of the family with breast cancer, particularly if they are first-degree relatives (mother, sister, daughter).
  • Multiple breast cancers in the same woman, meaning breast cancer developing in both breasts over time or at the same time.
  • Both breast and ovarian cancer in the same woman.
  • A history of ovarian cancer in the woman’s family, especially if a first-degree relative.
  • Ashkenazi Jewish heritage.

You can talk to a doctor about getting a referral to a genetic counselor, who can help determine whether genetic testing would make sense based on family history and risk factors. 

Feel For Lumps, Save Your Bumps: Hey girl, this is your reminder that you can check more than just at your annual doctor's appointment and do it in the comfort of your own home! Get to know your body and give yourself a  breast self-exam! Regularly examining your breasts on your own, can be an important way to find breast cancer early! Performing breast self-exam in combination with other screening methods can increase the odds of early detection.

  • Place a pillow under your right shoulder and your right arm behind your head. Using your left hand, move the pads of your fingers around your right breast gently covering the entire breast area and armpit. Use light, medium, and firm pressure. Squeeze the nipple; check for discharge and lumps.

Be There: Social Support is one of the most important  for them during one of the most stressful times of their lives. Support comes in many shapes and sizes, remember small tokens are often the most grand gestures. 

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