What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make. - Jane Goodall
The most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.
Breast cancer, more than skin or lung cancer, is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women.
It’s also the second leading cause of cancer death in women.
Sobering facts. But the more you know, the more you can be prepared.
Cancer found my family when I was still a teenager – my grandmother was diagnosed and quickly had a double mastectomy. As the second marriage for my grandfather later in life, she isn’t related to me by blood, which helps everyone take a deep breath when genetics might not be as big of a factor. But that doesn’t mean the cancer won’t touch my family in other ways as the years go on.
More than 250,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. About 40,000 of those will die. Men can be affected, too, with about 2,500 receiving a breast cancer diagnosis and about 450 passing away from it every year.
There is good news, though. More than 3 million survivors of breast cancer are alive and well in the U.S. today. Women over 50 are less likely to be diagnosed than ever before, possibly because of a reduction in prescription hormone therapies. Death from breast cancer has been on the decline for nearly 30 years.
Decreased deaths from breast cancer is due to three reasons: early detection, raised awareness, and treatment improvements.
How can you keep this disease at bay? For yourself, making sure you’re getting your annual breast exam and completing self-exams at home. For your friends and family, encouraging them to do the same. And for the world, check out the many options from the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s website: http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-support
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Dr. Julie Drolet
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