October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM). Commonly referred to as “Pinktober” as coined by Hard Rock’s 13 years running Breast Cancer Awareness program, today starts a month focused on raising awareness and funds for breast cancer research and education, and many groups are actively speaking out in support. Such organizations range from Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the American College of Radiology and Good Morning America to celebrities like Christina Applegate and Angelina Jolie. All agree that early detection is crucial when dealing with breast cancer.
According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 192,000 women will develop breast cancer this year alone. Statistics show that women under 39 have a 1 in 225 chance of developing a form of breast cancer. That one young woman could be someone you graduated high school with. This number rises to 1 in 24 for women aged 40 to 59 which could be the girl you sat next to in your English class in college. In women over 60, 1 in 14 in women will have breast cancer. That could be your co-worker who sits in office down the hall from you. The ACS says that women have a 1 in 8 chance of developing breast cancer in their life time. That could be a close family member or even yourself.
What does all this mean? It means a few things. A person is never “too young” to have breast cancer. Breast cancer can strike at any age so make sure that self-given exams and checkups are on your families to do list. Although uncommon, breast cancer also targets men as well. Any noticeable changes should be brought to a doctor as soon as possible. Mammogram and Breast MRI screenings are a person’s best bet when checking for breast cancer.
In women who are at high-risk for breast cancer, a doctor may use a breast MRI in conjunction with a mammogram as a better option for test screening. Breast MRIs are also important because in some cases, a women’s breast tissue may be too dense to pick up cancerous cells then on a mammogram alone. To find out more information about being considered “high-risk,” talk with your doctor. They can help determine your risk level.
Breast MRIs are also an important tool for treating women who have tested positive for cancer. This is done to help the doctor find out more detailed information about the cancer and how far along it has moved.
Here at DiagnosticWorks, we help the un-insured, under-insured, and folks who are determined to manage who their health dollars are spent, find affordable diagnostic healthcare. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Early detection saves lives. To find out more about our network of doctors and how we can assist in finding a doctor, go to www.DiganosticWorks.com. For additional statistics on breast cancer, please visit the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org/research/cancerfactsstatistics.