How many people do you know who have breast cancer, have died from breast cancer, or are breast cancer survivors? My cousin, after 6 chemotherapy sessions, is now going for radiation treatment. A dear friend recently completed a full year of chemo and radiation and is now taking an oral tablet called Tamoxifen. A friend from my book group was prescribed radiation treatments only. Many of my coaching clients are cancer survivors.
In 2009, some 192,370 American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, accounting for more than one in four cancers diagnosed.
In 2009, an estimated 40,170 women will die from breast cancer.
What to do? Get a mammogram. I kicked off Breast Cancer Awareness Month by having one this morning at 7:15 a.m.!! The early bird special. No big deal, truly and what a ‘weight’ off my shoulders.
What is a mammogram?
A mammogram is an x-ray of the breast. Mammograms can be used to check for breast cancer in women who have no signs or symptoms of the disease.
The Benefits of Mammography.
1. Early detection of breast cancer greatly improves our chances for successful treatment. If the breast cancer is found and treated while it is still confined to the breast ducts, the cure is almost 100%
2. Studies in the U.S., Sweden and the Netherlands suggest that deaths from breast cancer could be significantly lessened by 36% to 44%. They suggest that women in their 40’s schedule a mammography annually.
3. The American Cancer Society reports that their recent trials found 18% fewer deaths from breast cancer among women who, in their 40’s, had mammography.
4. For women over 50, the FDA reports that a mammography can locate lumps up to two years before they can be felt.
For the full skinny about Breast Cancer visit:
Susan G. Komen For the Cure
Network of Strength
National Breast Cancer
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Now … go. Really. Get a mammogram!