Be fearless. Be fabulous.
Laughter, family, friendships, spirit are some of the most treasured things in a woman's life - core elements that help make a woman and her life fabulous.
Sometimes, however, fear of losing these things keeps women from getting annual medical checkups. Ironically, this fear poses the greatest threat to your fabulous life.
The American Cancer Society says breast cancer is the most common cancer among women and the leading cause of cancer deaths among women age 40 to 59. The chance of a woman having invasive breast cancer during her lifetime is about 1 in 7.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time when medical professionals remind women the best way to deal with breast cancer is to be proactive.
The number of deaths due to breast cancer is declining due to early detection and more effective treatments.
Early detection involves routine, systematic self examination of your breasts, and for women age 40 and above, a yearly mammogram and a clinical breast exam.
Early detection saves lives
Here are some encouraging facts about early detection from the American Cancer Society:
- The five-year survival rate for all women diagnosed with breast cancer is 87%.
- Most breast cancer survivors will live a full life and never have a recurrence.
Seeing the unseen is the beauty behind mammography, but it doesn't happen unless you remember to get your mammogram.
Fortunately, there are many ways to help you remember. Some women schedule their mammogram during their birthday month or around the holidays. Some choose the change of a season. Others use a buddy system, where you and a friend have your mammograms at the same time each year.
It makes no difference how you do it, but it can save your life!
For more information visit:
American Cancer Society
National Breast Cancer Awareness
Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation