Breast cancer strikes1 in 8 women over their lifetime, and your chances increase with a family history of the disease. The Joy FM encourages our listeners to be informed about this disease and ways to prevent it.
Here are some facts according to nationalbreastcancer.org:
- Breast cancer is a disease where malignant cells form in breast tissue. Damaged cells can invade surrounding tissue.
- It is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.
- It is the second leading cause of death among women
- It also affects men resulting in approximately 410 deaths each year in the U.S.
- With early detection and treatment most people continue to lead normal lives.
- Breast cancer rates for women 50+ have been declining since 1990. This may be the result of decreased hormone replacement therapy after menopause, improved screening and early detection, awareness and improved treatment choices.
Here are some steps you can take to be informed:
- Know your family medical history. Has anyone in your family ever had breast cancer?
- Research what causes or does not cause breast cancer.
- Genetics can play an important role in whether you may have breast disease. Know the risk factors, genetic and environmental; what you can change and what you cannot.
- Develop an early detection plan. According to nationalbreastcancer.org, “When breast cancer is detected early, in the localized stage, the 5-year survival rate is 98%*”. (*National Cancer Institute)
- Learn how to conduct self-breast examination and do them on a regular basis. Most breast cancers are found through self-exams. Learn what is normal breast tissue for you and you will know when changes occur.
- Remember to get mammograms as recommended by your doctor for your age. Breast cancers can begin to form deep within the breast tissue and by the time a lump presents, treatment options may be minimized.
- Don’t put off treatment! The earlier breast cancer is detected the better the outcome and treatment options. Be sure to visit your health professional for exams regularly.
- Mammograms are now available for everyone. The National Breast Cancer Foundation provides a program for women who can’t afford to have a mammogram, or lack insurance, to have one free. To find a facility in your area or to learn how to receive assistance visit www.nationalbreastcancer.org/national-mammography-program.
- Also visit the National Cancer Institute’s website (www.cancer.gov) for more information on breast and other types of cancer.
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