Thursday, 10 April 2008

An Awareness Moment

Do you know that one woman in 68 over the age of 40 will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year and that over a lifetime women have a one in 8 chance of developing the disease. It is also the most common cancer among women[1] Many of us have heard these numbers tossed around, particularly if we know someone who has battled this disease. They are fearsome statistics and every woman must take care to protect herself with all of the tools at our disposal.

The key to surviving breast cancer is early detection and treatment. According to the American Cancer Society, when breast cancer is confined to the breast, the five-year survival rate is close to 100%. The early detection of breast cancer helps reduce the need for therapeutic treatment and minimizes pain and suffering, allowing women to continue leading happy, productive lives.[2]

Beginning at the age of 40, all women should have annual mammograms, receive clinical breast exams each year, and practice breast self-exams every month.

I had my annual mammogram this morning and today I celebrate the fact that my breasts are real and healthy. I urge every woman reading this blog entry to do the same.

[1] American Cancer Society Cancer Incidence, Mortality and Prevalence Worldwide

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