As I mentioned in my Sunday Seven last week – I am passionate about breast cancer awareness. I’ve been through biopsy after biopsy running from this stupid disease. PTL nothing has ever been catastrophic in my world…and that I like the staff at my local women’s imaging center! October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and in honor of my friends who have battled and are battling this disease, this Sunday Seven is devoted to helping bring knowledge, and to…SAVE THE TATAS!
1.) One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. (Resource: Susan G. Komen Foundation)
2.) 50 to 75% of breast cancers begin in the milk ducts. 10 to 15% begin in the lobules. A few begin in other breast tissues. (Resource: Susan G. Komen Foundation)
3.) Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women. Each year it is estimated that over 220,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die. (Resource: National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.)
4.) When breast cancer is detected early (localized stage), the 5-year survival rate is 98%. Create a plan for early detection and take an active role in your health. Visit Early Detection Plan and download he app to assist you in self-examinations and scheduling your mammograms. You are NEVER too young to start understanding your own body. (Resource: National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. and Early Detection Plan)
5.) Breast cancer deaths have been declining since 1990 thanks to early detection, better screening, increased awareness, and new treatment options. In the U.S. today, there are more than 2.9 million breast cancer survivors — the largest group of all cancer survivors. (Resource: DoSomething.Org)
6.) It has been estimated that if every woman over the age of 50 had her yearly mammogram, breast cancer deaths in this age group would drop by 25% or more. (Resource: American Cancer Society: Breast Cancer Facts and Figures 2009-2010).
7.) Having just left a job closely associate with the clinical trial side of pharmaceutical companies, I can tell you that there are amazing strides being made in the search for a cure of this disease. Many drugs are working to make treatment times shorter, survival rates longer, and overall breast health better.
I want to end this post by reminding everyone out there…guys and gals…get to know your boobies! Know what they feel like, hat is normal and what isn’t. If you are married or with a partner…share! So many times you hear stories that a lump was found not by the patient, but by their spouse or partner.
In short…SAVE THE TATAS!!!