Tuesday, September 20, 2011
The chance of a woman having invasive breast cancer some time during her life is a little less than 1 in 8. The chance of dying from breast cancer is about 1 in 35. Breast cancer death rates have been going down. This is probably the result of finding the cancer earlier and better treatment. Right now there are more than 2½ million breast cancer survivors in the United States.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States, other than skin cancer. It is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer.
If this disease hasn't affected you directly or indirectly yet, unfortunately, it might at some time. This is a sad reality. 1 in 8 women. Ouch.
We have to find a cure.
Early detection is imperative. This does NOT have to be a death sentence for you.
Feel those boobs. Feel your wife's boobs. Feel your neighbor's boobs. ;)
If something feels a little off, demand a mammogram.
I let my doctor tell me that I just had "lumpy, bumpy boobs."
Finding a tumor in a woman under the age of 40, with no prior family history was unlikely. She wasn't concerned.
If I hadn't listened to my gut and went back in to have my "lumpy bumpies" rechecked a month after my first appointment, my disease would still be wreaking havoc in my body. My cancer would still be untreated and running rampant.
I would most likely be a Stage 3 or 4 before I would be diagnosed. My prognosis would not be as good as it is right now.
YOU are your best advocate. YOU know your body better than anyone.
YOU need to protect it.
Let's raise awareness.
Love you! <3