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Some Vital Information to Learn More About Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Let’s Learn More This Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Let’s make our health a priority this October.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  As the name suggests, this month is dedicated to spreading public awareness of this serious disease.  One of the main goals of this month is education, thus, we encourage everyone to learn more about the realities and the impact that breast cancer has in the U.S.

On a personal note, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer 12 years ago and had a radical mastectomy.  She’s alive today but unfortunately, has suffered nearly every complication and side effect due to the surgery and the subsequent treatment.  It’s terrible to watch her continue to suffer but she is alive!

One of my son’s was diagnosed with breast cancer while he was an undergraduate student.  He too had a mastectomy but did not have to have any further treatment.  Unfortunately, two years ago he developed a tumour in his other breast but he was able to have a lumpectomy to have that removed.  As the facts state below, this diagnosis can affect anyone so it is imperative to stay on top of our health and wellness proactively!

Here are some important facts that can empower us to learn more about breast cancer.

Rates of Breast Cancer

  • In the United States, 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer during her lifetime.
  • This year, over 266,000 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in U.S. women alone.
  • While rare, men can also develop breast cancer. Men have a 1 in 1,000 chance of developing breast cancer during their lifetimes.
  • Approximately 2,550 new cases of male breast cancer will be diagnosed in 2018.

Factors that Increase Risk

  • A woman’s risk of developing breast cancer nearly doubles if she has a first-degree relative (mother, sister, daughter) who has also been diagnosed.
  • A woman’s risk of developing breast cancer increases as she ages. This is why women aged 45 and older are highly advised by medical professionals to start regular screening for the disease.

Mortality

  • After lung cancer, breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death among women in the U.S.
  • While the number of deaths caused by breast cancer has decreased since 1989, an estimated 40,920 American women will die as a result of breast cancer this year alone.

Screening and Treatment

  • Early detection is considered the most powerful tool in the fight against breast cancer. The most popular screening method is mammograms, but doctors can also use MRI technology and clinical breast exams (CBE) to screen for breast cancer.
  • Thanks to early detection and new treatment methods, the survival rate for breast cancer patients is better than ever. In fact, there are over 3.3 million breast cancer survivors alive in the U.S. today.

We at The Maria Sanchez Show encourage you to schedule your breast cancer screening and to make your health a priority this Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown.  Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PDT/7:00 p.m. EDT.

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