Everyone has been touch by this in one way or other. It is a fact that we all have had a relative or loved one who has gone through the terrible cancer disease. No one is exempt, as it is one of the diseases that most threaten human life.
October is known worldwide as the pink month, also as the breast cancer awareness month. The purpose of the activities carried out is to increase the attention to early detection, to concentrate efforts and resources in the treatments and to sensitize the population about this disease, that is increasing every day among women and that can affect the life to a mother, wife, sister, daughter, aunt, cousin, niece, girlfriend, or even yourself forever.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in the United States, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women, regardless of race or ethnicity. It is the most common cause of death among Hispanic women, and the second most common cause of death among white, black, Alaska native, Asian, and Pacific Islander women in the nation.
More statistics indicate that 1 in 8 women in the United States develops breast cancer in the course of their life, which represents 12% of the population. For this year, approximately 255, 180 new diagnoses in women, and 2,470 new cases in men were predicted, who are also at risk 1 in 1000 in the United States.
Projections indicated that by 2017, approximately 40,610 women would die from this disease in the United States, the highest death rate of any other type of cancer, other than lung cancer. Since 1989 there has been a decrease in the mortality rate due to awareness raising, early detection, and advances in treatments.
Studies have revealed that white women are more likely to develop this type of cancer; however, in women younger than 45 years is more common in black women. The risk increases a 10% when the mother or grandmother has had the disease and is associated with genetic mutations (BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes). But, the 85% of the cases are of women without a family history of breast cancer, that is, a by-product of the lifestyle and the aging process.
There is no a specific thing that causes this disease, but being a woman and age influences. That is why prevention and early detection campaigns are so important. A self-tests at least once a month is key to detecting any mass or change in the breasts. Also, women over the age of 40 must have mammograms every year. Lifestyle influences at any age, so carry a healthy diet, not smoking, exercise often and maintain a healthy weight, because overweight women are at higher risk of suffering this cancer.
There are no excuses for not taking a preventive action. Learn and take care of yourself! #breastcancerawareness
Source via Black PR Newswire