October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Posted by: Communications Team | September 26, 2021
If you have been putting off your annual mammogram, here’s a friendly reminder to make your appointment. While Covid has been dominating our attention, October Breast Cancer Awareness Month and a great time to get your mammogram.
By the Numbers
This year more than 268,600 women and 2,600 men will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer (cancer that has spread from where it started in the breast into the surrounding healthy tissue), and more than 42,260 will die from the disease.
If diagnosed early and treated before it spreads, the 5-year survival rate for breast cancer is 99%.
Prevent Cancer Survey
In August 2021 the Prevent Cancer Foundation released a survey of 2,003 women between the ages of 21 and 60 years old throughout the U.S.
When the local pandemic restrictions were lifted, 90% of the women say they engaged in normal activities – visiting family and friends, dining out and shopping – only 48% of these women visited their doctor’s office according to the survey.
Recognize the Symptoms
The National Breast Cancer Foundation has published a series of free eBooks about breast cancer. Know the Symptoms, a Guide and Check List to Breast Cancer Symptoms is a solid description of the symptoms and is free for the asking. Click here to request your copy.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP) helps low-income, uninsured, and underinsured women get access to timely breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnosis services. Click here for more information.
The NBCCEDP supports all 50 states, the District of Columbia, 6 U.S. territories, and 13 American Indian or Alaska Native tribes or tribal organizations.
Dean and Draper
Please join us in supporting October Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Remind your loved ones and friends to schedule their appointments for a mammography.
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Sources: National Breast Cancer Foundation, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Prevent Cancer Foundation.