As we do every October, we are spreading breast cancer awareness. According to statistics, about 1 in 8 U.S. women develops invasive breast cancer in her lifetime. That one woman can be a mother, sister, aunt, dear friend, or respected mentor. She can be any one of us. Breast cancer in the United States has one of highest death rates, second only to lung cancer. Additionally, besides for skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed type of cancer in females in the United States. Only 15% of all women diagnosed with breast caner in their lifetime have a family history of the disease. Breast cancer can affect women under the age of 40, as those who have not had children, and can even affect men. Therefore, it is essential that we learn more about prevention and mammography of populations of all demographics.
Research and education are crucial for the early detection and treatment of the disease, and today, one can find a plethora of resources that can teach us how to fight breast cancer before and after it occurs. Everyone, especially women over the age of 20, is encouraged to not only see their doctor for regular breast examinations, but to also perform self-exams. Knowing your breasts is essential in detecting any abnormalities and, therefore, helps diagnose breast cancer at an early stage. By utilizing all the screening and treatment options available today, we can succeed in the fight with breast cancer.