Saturday, October 10, 2009

Feel Them Up Ladies

I know I'm a little late on this one, but October Is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month! I have been blessed with not having anyone in my immediate family have breast cancer. My mother has a spot in each breast that is being watched. She gets mammogram every 6 months to ensure they don't develop into a cancerous cell. I do however work with a breast cancer survivor and she's one of the bravest women i know.
Aside from non-melanoma skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women. Breast cancer is the number one cause of cancer death in Hispanic women. It is the second most common cause of cancer death in white, black, Asian/Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaska Native women. (cdc)

According to the network for strength: Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer.

One out of eight American women who live to be 85 years of age will develop breast cancer, a risk that was one out of 14 in 1960.
The National Breast Cancer Foundation states:When breast cancer is detected early (localized stage), the 5-year survival rate is 98%

Yes, i pulled most of the information off other sites, but there are 2 things i'm sure of. 1) breast cancer is a huge risk to all women of any race. 2) early detection is key! Self breast exams, mamograms, and a healthy lifestyle are huge.
So feel them up girls! save those tatas!!