I am one of those people that will research things to death (hence this website), but when I found out I had cancer, I shut my eyes and put my fingers in my ears and plowed right through it. I didn’t want to know any more than I needed to. I just wanted the experts to get the cancer out of me as quickly as they could so I could be on my way. Any extra information just freaked me out. The internet was the enemy.
I’m not one of those women who has gone through breast cancer and can tell you everything you want to know about the disease or the advancements in medicine. I don’t even like to think about. I’m not in denial. I know I had cancer. And I know I can’t ever relax and think I’m cured forever. I just choose not to dwell on it.
So that’s why I hesitated when a friend of mine invited me to a breast cancer seminar at the hospital we both had our surgeries in, facilitated by the two physicians who took care of us. I didn’t know if I wanted to subject myself to any new information. I had it. It’s over with. I got my life back. The end.
I relented (but not without tucking a xanax in my pocket just in case I freaked out while I was there) and went. We were encouraged to get out there and encourage women to get checked regularly, for early detection is key. I can do that. Why, I even have my own blog, so I really should do my part to help raise awareness about breast cancer.
So here goes:
- 1 in 8 women in America gets breast cancer.
- It’s the second deadliest cancer among women.
- 40,000 women will die from it this year.
- 77% of the women who will get breast cancer are over 50
- Younger women are getting it more and more
- 5-10% of breast cancer cases are genetic – the rest are sporadic
- Survival rate is related to stage of cancer. If found early, breast cancer is very treatable. 90% of women will survive
The Affordable Care Act makes it easier for women to stay healthy. Mammograms and other cancer screenings are now free, as well as other screenings and annual exams. We won’t have to skip these procedures any more because we don’t have insurance, money for co-pays, or the full amount because our insurance companies don’t cover all procedures. We’re going to be able to keep up with annual check ups and catch that cancer early!
So there you go. I have now done my part to help educate other women about the disease. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I give you information.
One last thing. I don’t like all this pink and consumerism over kill in October. No more pink products or titty talk. It trivializes and minimizes the horror of the disease. Send a cash donation to a cancer charity instead. Thank you.