October 1st marks the first day of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. According to statistics, there will be 230,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer in 2011. One in 8 women will be diagnosed in the U.S. It is a real and upsetting statistic. You will most likely have a family member or friend who will get breast cancer at some point in your life. My grandmother is a breast cancer survivor and it wasn't until we found out that she had cancer, that we decided to become educated.
This month, however, isn't a time to be sad. It is a time to empower women to take control of their health and become educated about breast cancer. Here are some basic breast health steps from the Susan G. Komen website:
* Know your family health history
*Have a mammogram every year starting at the age of 40
*Have a clinical breast exam at LEAST every 3 years starting at 20
*Self Exams- know how your breast look and feel and report changes to your doctor right away
Most insurance companies cover mammograms and some places such as a local health departments offer screenings at a low cost or for free. Here is a link for centers: http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfMQSA/mqsa.cfm
Early detection and screening is key to lowering the risk of dying from breast cancer. Screenings can find cancer early on and most cases, it is treatable. Let's stand up and support breast cancer awareness, and most of all, find a CURE!
Check out Unique Vintage's Breast Cancer Awareness items to help the cause (click on umbrella):