Patients who test positive for certain genetic mutations (such as BRCA 1 and BRCA 2), however, may benefit from risk-reducing surgery, since their chance of developing breast cancer is much higher than an average woman's.
All of the 80 staff across the six branches will wear their pink T-shirts as many times as possible during the month, with the change of colour being compulsory on Tuesdays and Fridays.
There is plenty of awareness of the dangers of breast cancer but a local organization says there are not enough community resources to help women manage life with the disease. "And we're hoping this small act of symbolism proves to them they they've got a lot of people pulling for them", Heidi Woodard with Nebraska Medicine said.
Breast cancer is still the most common cancer in the United Kingdom according to the UK's largest breast cancer charity and is the foremost cause of death in women under the age of 50.
According to preliminary research presented at the UK National Cancer Research Institute's (NCRI) 2016 conference, one in six women who discovered their cancer themselves caught it based on a less-obvious symptom, like nipple abnormalities and weight loss (aka not a lump).
But, like all things in health, every person is different-and your breast cancer screening recommendations may differ too. He said better education/awareness of the disease and a healthy diet comprising fresh vegetables and fruits can help reduce risk of breast cancer. Women at increased risk of breast cancer, for example with a strong family history, may be eligible for breast screening before turning 50. "But I was paired with a woman who had a recurrence, and it was great to share stories and know that someone else has been on this journey".
The Breast Cancer Foundation had assisted the petition organisers by funding buses to take them to Wellington from Palmerston North and Hawke's Bay.
Petition organiser Terre Nicholson said women around the country were dying early, "losing precious time they could spend with their families and to prepare their little ones for being without their mother".
Breast cancer in younger women tends to be a more aggressive cancer, researchers say, because it's often diagnosed later, is farther along when found and insurance companies set minimum ages on mammograms, which can deter detection.
Three months later, she learned she was pregnant, a big surprise since she hadn't frozen her eggs.
The number of metastatic breast cancer patients increased by 17 percent from 2000 to 2010, the study said.
She goes on to explain that when one is self examining, they have to stand straight in front of the mirror such that they visualize the breast by checking the size, color and shape to see if there are any changes. "In the Ashkenazi Jewish population, it is one in 40", she says.
Mugaba says when it comes to breast cancer, the right staging helps connect to the right management, otherwise there can be relapses in treatment. The last 4 months of her life she was on home hospice, where my teenage brother, my kids and I took care of her.