A lot of pink is around the area to remind us that October is breast cancer awareness month. The annual campaign originated to increase awareness of the disease. We need the reminder to keep us on our toes. Early detection is very important.
Research has come a long way and survival rates have increased. It is easy to put off and ignore a test, such as a mammogram, when we feel fine and don't think anything is wrong. I am the world's worst at not getting regular checkups but I am trying to change my ways and do better.
Some facts I read on breast cancer reinforces the importance of not putting off the tests that really can save lives.
*One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.
*Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.
*Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women.
*Each year it is estimated that over 246,660 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die.
*Although breast cancer in men is rare, an estimated 2,600 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 440 will die each year.
*On average, every two minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer and one woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes.
*Over 2.8 million breast cancer survivors are alive in the United States today.
The good news in the information I was reading is death rates from breast cancer have been declining since about 1990. Better screening, early detection, increased awareness and improved treatment options were attributed to the decline.
I am not educated enough on the facts to go into detail about the types, stages, causes or treatments of breast cancer, but I know people personally who declare early detection saved their lives.
We should feel fortuante to live in a time when we have improved treatments and we can hope the research will continue to make it even better for our future generations.
There will be walks and runs, as well as other fund raising events, throughout the month and many people will be out there supporting those who have survived breast cancer and those who are battling the disease.