As you know October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. Ive joined forces with Army of Women to stop breast cancer before it starts!
In the 1990's my grandmother was affected by this disease and ultimately had to have one of her breasts removed. I saw the pain that she endured and still endures to this day. I have friends who, in their twenties have been affected by breast cancer. It affects us all, no matter what age, race, sex, or color.
Please take a moment to read through these facts about Breast Cancer and join the fight!
1 in 8 women will get Breast Cancer
Breast cancer risk increases with age and every woman is at risk.
Every 13 minutes a woman dies of breast cancer.
Seventy-seven percent of women with breast cancer are over 50.
Approximately 1400 cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in men in 2000 and 400 of those men will die.
More than 1.7 million women who have had breast cancer are still alive in the United States.
Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in women between the ages of 15 and 54, and the second cause of cancer death in women 55 to 74.
Seventy-one percent of black women diagnosed with breast cancer experience a five-year survival rate, while eighty-six percent of white women experience five-year survival.
The first sign of breast cancer usually shows up on a woman's mammogram before it can be felt or any other symptoms are present.
Risks for breast cancer include a family history, atypical hyperplasia, delaying pregnancy until after age 30 or never becoming pregnant, early menstruation (before age 12), late menopause (after age 55), current use or use in the last ten years of oral contraceptives, and daily consumption of alcohol.
Early detection of breast cancer, through monthly breast self-exam and particularly yearly mammography after age 40, offers the best chance for survival.
Ninety-six percent of women who find and treat breast cancer early will be cancer-free after five years.
Over eighty percent of breast lumps are not cancerous, but benign such as fibrocystic breast disease.
You are never too young to develop breast cancer! Breast Self-Exam should begin by the age of twenty.
Please visit Army of Women and get involved! I pray that one day in my lifetime there might be a cure.