October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and is recognized all over the world to bring awareness to the disease and raise funds. This campaign is close to my heart, as I’ve had loved ones who have been affected by this horrible disease. It’s likely that you also know someone that may have been affected. According to The National Breast Cancer Foundation, “one in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime and on average, every 2 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer”. Some additional facts on breast cancer from the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s website:
- Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women
- Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer among women
- Each year it is estimated that over 252,710 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,500 will die
- On average 1 woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes
Due to awareness and substantial funds being raised toward the cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and the cure, there has been a decline in death rates since 1990. At this time, over 3.3 million breast cancer survivors are alive in the United States. If you are interested in raising awareness for this cause visit www.nationalbreatcancer.org for additional details. It’s very important that women have discussions about preventative care with their doctors and be proactive in their heath. Many health professionals and insurance policies advise participating in routine mammograms. Consult your health insurance policy to determine how this would be covered for you.