Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Breast Cancer Awareness

October is the month to "pink out" in honor of breast cancer awareness.  Houston is the home of MD Anderson Cancer Center, rated #1 in cancer treatment by US News.  But more importantly, my mom is a survivor of breast cancer, so this is a topic that hits close to home.
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Some facts:
1.  1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their life.
2.  With early detection and treatment, most people can lead a normal life.
3.  Breast cancer is second only to skin cancer as the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women worldwide.
4.  Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women after lung cancer (early detection is important).
5.  Hormone replacement therapy after menopause can lead to a higher risk of breast cancer.
6.  Death rates from cancer have decreased in the last 25 years.
7. When breast cancer is detected early and is in the localized stage, the 5 year relative survival rate is 100%.
8.  The National Breast Cancer Foundation funds research for breast cancer treatments (MD Anderson is one of 3 centers that receive funds).  They are having success with gene therapy that will hopefully lead to a vaccine.
9.  There are about 400 cases of breast cancer in men each year.
10. Breast cancer risk doubles if a first degree relative has had breast cancer.
11. Symptoms vary:  lumps (usually painless), swelling, skin changes such as dimpling, pain, redness or scaliness.
12. Diet is thought to play a part in some breast cancers.  Obviously, no food will cure it, but when you're body is healthy and your immune system is boosted, your risk is lower.
13. There is NO scientific evidence to support the claims that antiperspirant (this is not my personal opinion) or bras increase your risk of cancer.  There is also NO link between blood pressure medications and risk of breast cancer.
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Monthly self exams, yearly exams by your doctor, and mammograms starting at age 40 are what my doctor recommends.  Think pink!

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3 comments:

Shelley Munro said...

Great post. It's good that people are becoming more aware. Even our local library had a pink display for the cause this month.

Mia Celeste said...

Several of my friends are breast cancer survivors, so this a topic that's close to my heart, too. Thanks for writing about it.

CountryDew said...

Good facts. There is always misinformation out there. I have a friend who had a double mastectomy. I worry about her.

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