October is National Breast Cancer awareness month. If you’re 39 and under and haven’t given yourself a breast exam lately, go here to learn how. If you’re 40 and over and haven’t scheduled a mammogram this year, call your doctor now and make that appointment. Encourage the women in your life to do the same!
Knitters – don’t forget the Think Pink Challenge
Some facts from the National Breast Cancer Foundation
- Every two minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer.
- This year more than 211,000 new cases of breast cancer are expected in the United States.
- One woman in eight who lives to age 85 will develop breast cancer during her lifetime.
- Breast cancer is the leading cause of death in women between the ages of 40 and 55.
- 1,600 men are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer this year and 400 are predicted to die.
- Seventy percent of all breast cancers are found through breast self-exams. Not all lumps are detectable by touch. We recommend regular mammograms and monthly breast self-exams.
- Eight out of ten breast lumps are not cancerous. If you find a lump, don’t panic-call your doctor for an appointment.
- Mammography is a low-dose X-ray examination that can detect breast cancer up to two years before it is large enough to be felt.
- When breast cancer is found early, the five-year survival rate is 96%. This is good news! Over 2 million breast cancer survivors are alive in America today.
If you’d like more information, click on one of the links above or below
- Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
- Find a Race For the Cure event near you – I’ve done this and you can walk! No running required.
- Pink October