Research tells us 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. Now think about the women in your life. Take a moment to count them, then divide by eight . . . that’s the number of women in your circle who are likely to develop this disease. How can you support a loved one with breast cancer? One important way is to give the gift of listening. Just let them talk: hear what they have to say and lend a compassionate ear.
You can also help by encouraging all the women you know to have an early detection plan. When breast cancer is found early (localized stage), the 5-year survival rate is 98%. This is good news! There are over 2 million breast cancer survivors in America today.
Eight out of ten breast lumps are not cancerous. If you find a lump, don’t panic – call your doctor. The National Breast Cancer Foundation has created an interactive tool to help you be proactive about your health by reminding you to perform routine breast self-exams and to schedule clinical breast exams and mammograms, depending on your age and health history. You can select the reminder options that work best for you, including email alerts, calendar reminders, text messages, downloading a PDF of your plan, or downloading the free iPhone® app. Sign up at EarlyDetectionPlan.org. Always discuss your Early Detection Plan with your doctor.