Cancer, just the sound of the word sends a shot of fear through our hearts. For women, breast cancer is something that often touches our friends, our families and us personally at some point in our lives. Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point in their lives.
But there is good news, many women can survive breast cancer if it is found early and treated. The best way to screen for breast cancer is a monthly breast self-exam and regular mammograms. These two actions can help find breast cancer early, when it’s easier to treat and cure. New genetic testing and emerging medications are saving lives in women diagnosed with breast cancer today. If you haven’t had a mammogram in a while, call your primary care provider and schedule a visit.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It’s a chance to remind ourselves how important it is to take care of ourselves and the ones that we love. It’s a chance to spread the word about how important mammograms and monthly breast self-exams are. It’s a chance to encourage those who are engaged in the fight, support those we love and honor those who we have lost.