October is breast cancer awareness month and it’s important to be aware of the dangers and effects of the disease. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States.
According to statistics, 268,000 women and 2,600 men are expected to be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer this year alone. Among those patients, nearly 40,000 are expected to die from the disease and the rate of mortality is higher for black women.
Early detection is the best way to keep the cancer from spreading into other parts of the body and increasing the mortality rate. While mammograms aren’t necessarily recommended for women under forty, a gynecologist normally does a quick hand exam during routine check ups. During these check ups it can be determined if further testing is needed. The technological improvements made with medical equipment and examination guidelines has reduced deaths by forty percent over the last 30 years.
Women currently undergoing treatment and those who have survived have undergone a traumatic life experience. The technological and medical advances that have come out of the research are saving lives and making the treatment more effective. Throughout the month of October and every month, consider donating your time or money to an organization that champions research and resources to those who effected by breast cancer.
The reality is that 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. Contributing anything can help save a mother, sister, daughter, father or even yourself.