October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and today has been set aside as National Mammography Day. This day dedicated to educating and empowering women to take charge of their own breast health by practicing regular self-breast exams to identify any changes, and scheduling an annual mammogram with their healthcare provider.
Here on Daily Holiday Blog, I try to stay focused on the ridiculous holidays, but every now and then a cause that needs to be supported comes across my desk. This one hits home to me as my mom, grandma and aunt all had breast cancer. My mom is a 10 year survivor. There is hope with breast cancer, but early detection is a must!
Did you know? One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.
Breast Cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women and 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.
A Mammography is an X-ray of the breast and is the most common screening for breast cancer based on the test’s ability to detect tumors too small to feel. It is the best form of early detection out there.
National organizations, such as the American Cancer Society and National Comprehensive Cancer Network, recommend women get mammograms every year starting at age 40. Most medical insurance will pay 100% for this preventative care.
The majority of breast cancer cases are detected in women in their late 50s or early 60s. That makes it important to begin in your 40’s so that any changes can be detected early. If breast cancer runs in your family, you should be particularly diligent!
Easy early detection is available, yet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates the national screening rate for breast cancer hovers just above 70 percent.
Breast Cancer Awareness Mini Quilt Pattern by Crafting with Lisa Marie
There is good news, though. In recent years, possibly as a result of the decline in prescriptive hormone replacement therapy after menopause, there has been a gradual reduction in breast cancer incident rates for women ages 50 and older.
Breast Cancer Awareness Bracelet from Sweet Aspen Jewels
Death rates for breast cancer have been declining since 1990, due mostly to screening and early detection as a result of mammography! Increased awareness, and continually improving medical treatment options are also a big factor.
Are you at a risk age, or do you have breast cancer in your family? Be sure to schedule your annual appointment and stay healthy!
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