Pink! The international color representing breast cancer awareness, and this month, October, is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This monthly awareness push is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same. We have made a lot of progress but still have a long way to go.
With early detection, and if found is in the localized stage, the 5-year relative survival rate is 100%. Screening exams, or tests and exams used to find the disease, find breast cancers before they start to cause symptoms (like a lump that can be felt). Early detection lets breast cancer get diagnosed earlier than otherwise might have occurred.
When breast cancers are found because the patient is already having symptoms, tend to be larger and often spread beyond the breast. If found during screening exams, breast cancers are most often confined to the breast. When it’s found most often predict the prognosis for patient health outlook for a woman or man with the disease.
It’s important to talk to your doctor about breast cancer and what you can do to keep up to date on screenings and early detection.Tags: breast, breast cancer, breast cancer awareness, breast cancer awareness month, breast cancer screenings, family medicine, october awareness month, october breast cancer