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Breast Cancer Early Detection Plan

  • 1st October 2012 |
  • Author: Iris

Breast Cancer Awareness Month:  What’s Your Plan?

Breast Cancer Early Detection Plan

Breast Cancer Early Detection Plan

October is designated as the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM).  During the month of October, national public service organizations, healthcare organizations, medical associations, government agencies and numerous community and civic organizations come together to increase awareness about breast cancer and share information on the disease and services offered.

However, raising awareness about breast cancer and informing the public about the strides made in finding a cure is a continuous effort conducted throughout the year on a 24-hour, 7-day-a-week basis.  Educating yourself and having a plan in place to prevent, detect or survive breast cancer is one of the best things any woman can do to maintain and preserve her health.

Over 220,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year.  One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.  That’s quite a few women.  Detecting breast cancer early in its localized stage is extremely important.

According to the National Cancer Institute, when breast cancer is detected early, the 5-year survival rate is approximately 98%.  The percentage of survivors drops dramatically when breast cancer has spread beyond the localized stage.  Approximately 30% of women are diagnosed with the disease after it has spread — that’s 66,000 women a year faced with the fight of their lives.

While a lot of people are aware of breast cancer, many people forget to create a plan to detect the disease in its early stages.  The best way to fight breast cancer is to have a plan in place that will help you detect the disease in its early stages.  Being proactive about your health is a key factor in successfully preventing or fighting breast cancer.

An effective early detection plan will remind you to perform routine breast self-exams and schedule clinical breast exams and mammograms.  This plan will vary depending on your age and medical history.   Early Detection Plans save lives.

You will increase your chances of detecting breast cancer in its early stages if you create and follow an Early Detection Plan.  Breast Cancer Awareness Month is the perfect time to think about and create a plan for beating breast cancer.  Go HERE to create your own Early Detection Plan and/or download the app.  Please share this EDP with other women during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and throughout the year.

 

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