Breast cancer survivors need our support


[McClatchy-Tribune Media Services]

Researchers say there are one in eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. It is the second leading cause of death in women. Breast cancer mostly occurs in women over the age of 30 and has said to be the second leading cause of death among women. Men also develop breast cancer although at a much lower rate: 1 in 1,000. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month now is the month for students to increase their knowledge of how to detect early warning.

First introduced to the public in October of 1985, the promotion was only one week long. Now 27 years later, most Americans are aware the importance of early detection but may still not realize their impact they can make by helping.

Although breast cancer is not preventable many precautions can be taken to help raise the chances of survival. Regular self-examinations are crucial not only for women, for men. Everyone should pay attention to any irregular signs they might notice. Regular check-ups and yearly mammograms are recommended for women over the age of 40 according to the American Cancer Society. However the US Preventive Services Task Force states women do not have to begin their yearly mammograms until the age of 50. Early detections usually can be a matter of life or death, so they should be taken very seriously.

Cancer patients shouldn’t be the only ones on the long journey. They need the support of their friends and family in the race for the cure. Many breast cancer survivors said how much more they cherish their life now than they did before they were diagnosed. They say they look at life differently and have learned to live day by day. Every single person said to go and get checked and get your yearly mammogram because that one check-up could save your life.  Always keeps an open minded on life, don’t let yourself get down and find a way to get through the struggles in life because if you believe, there could be hope.

The National Breast Cancer Foundation supports all the women in need. It not only helps women in need of health services and it provides funding to breast cancer research to help find a cure. Donations can be made by logging onto www.nationalbreastcancer.org.

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