World Breast Cancer Research Day is an opportunity for us all to see how important it is to find a cure for breast cancer. On the 18th day of the 8th month in the year, this day is held to indicate the 1 in 8 women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetimes.

Both men and women have breasts, which means breast cancer can affect anyone regardless of their gender. However, as women have more breast tissue, they account for 99% of all breast cancer cases. Being female and of an older age, are the two main factors for breast cancer.

Breast cancer survival rates are fairly high for patients who are diagnosed in the early stages, and these continue to improve. This is possible due to research as it helps to find a better way to prevent and treat this type of cancer.

World Breast Cancer Research Day is so important for many reasons, but one of the main reasons is that this day spreads awareness. A day that spreads awareness and supports a good cause is a good day to get behind.

The more awareness that we create for a disease, the more support there is for communities and family so they can be there for those who suffer from it. But most importantly, a greater awareness of the disease and its symptoms means people are more likely to identify the warning signs and seek treatment early.

The overall goal of breast cancer research is to find a cure for the disease that will help those who are diagnosed with breast cancer regardless of their age or gender.

To help raise awareness, share the hashtag #WorldBreastCancerResearchDay on social media. Ensure you schedule regular breast exams especially if you have not had one in a while and never skip your monthly self-examination.