If you spent last Sunday watching football, then you probably knew it was Breast Cancer Awareness Month after seeing a couple of pairs of pink cleats and pink uniforms. Many of us are already aware of breast cancer, but forget to create an action plan to detect the disease in its early stages. Awareness is not enough to protect us from the disease.
Globally, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women the second-most common cancer overall, following closely behind lung cancer. This year alone, there will be an estimated 231,840 cases of invasive breast cancer. In addition, there will be 60,290 cases of in situ breast cancer. Of those, about 83 percent will be ductal in situ, meaning it is non-invasive, and the remainder will be lobular in situ, which is a condition that increases the risk of invasive breast cancer. In 2015, it is estimated that there will be 40,290 deaths from the disease. Breast cancer in men is rare, but can occur.
Many risks have been risked to breast cancer. Unfortunately, the two most common are uncontrollable, being a woman and getting older. Luckily, there are factors within control such as maintaining a healthy lifestyle by exercising regularly and sustaining a normal weight as well as limiting alcohol intake. Learn more about the risks.
It has been shown that 1 in 8 will be diagnosed with breast cancer sometime in her lifetime. The best way to fight is to have a plan to find the disease in its early stages. According to the American Cancer Society, when breast cancer is found early and is in the localized stage, the 5-year relative survival rate is 100 percent. Think ahead by creating an Early Detection Plan.
At Lions Pride, we know first-hand that life can get busy, but don’t let something as important as health be put on the back-burner. Take some time this month, to think about your health. If you haven’t had a mammogram in a while, schedule one. Take control of your health and encourage loved ones to do the same.