It’s that time of year again, when everything becomes a sea of pink ribbons. Try not to become complacent about the symbols, but instead think about the meaning behind them.
Even though technology for early diagnosis & treatment options have come a long way, breast cancer is still very prevalent. Approximately 250,000 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed this year in the U.S. Excluding skin cancer, breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer among women. Death rates from breast cancer have been decreasing by about 3.3% per year since 1990, due to earlier detection & innovations intreatment options.
One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, but there are an estimated 2.6million survivors in America today. The 5 yr survival rate for localized breast cancer has increased to 97%! If you are 40 or older, make sure that you get an annual mammogram. Most insurance providers pay for one screening mammogram a year.
Some women, with a family history of pre-menopausal breast cancer, should start at age 30 or 35. Simply beinga woman puts you at risk for developing breast cancer.Most women diagnosed with breast cancer, over 75%,have no family history of the disease.
Remember: Mammograms Save Lives………But, Only If You Get Them!
PS - I have seen men come through surgery with Breast Cancer also. Therefore it is important for them to also notice any changes in their breast area.
PSS - NO, I haven't forgotten about the Blog Love. Yesterday afternoon was spent with my girls and this has been one heck of a Monday morning again!