Friday, July 8, 2011

Taking Care of You

Are you taking good care of you?  We women are notorious for putting ourselves last on the priority list.  Oh, it's not because we are not important, but more that there are so many important things in our lives it is easy to put everything else ahead of us.  Do you do that?

If you place yourself last on your priority list I am asking you to stop.  It is time to place yourself at the top of the list.  Why am I asking you to do this today?  Today I am having my annual mammogram. 

Have you had your mammogram this year?  If not, please schedule it today. 

Here's why-
  • Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death for women in the U.S, after lung cancer. Approximately 39,970 women and 450 men in the U.S. will die from the disease in 2011 (ACS, 2011).

  • Excluding skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women in the United States. It is estimated that 230,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed among women in the U.S. in 2011.

  • The incidence of breast cancer declined from 1999 to 2003, with the greatest decline among white women. Incidence rates have remained relatively stable since 2003 (SEER, 2011).

  • Older women are much more likely to get breast cancer than younger women. From 2004-2008, the median age for a breast cancer diagnosis was 61 years of age. Approximately 0.0% were diagnosed under age 20; 1.9% between 20 and 34; 10.2% between 35 and 44; 22.6% between 45 and 54; 24.4% between 55 and 64; 19.7% between 65 and 74; 15.5% between 75 and 84; and 5.6% 85+ years of age. (SEER, 2011)

  • All women are at risk for breast cancer. Only 5-10% of those with breast cancer have inherited a mutation in the known breast cancer genes (BRCA1 and BRCA2) and 90-95% of breast cancer cases do not involve these inherited mutations. (ACS 2010; NCI 2006).

  • Factors that increase a woman's risk of breast cancer include older age, genetic factors, family history of breast or ovarian cancer, long menstrual history, having no children, older than 30 years of age at first full-term pregnancy, daily alcohol consumption, use of combined postmenopausal hormone replacement therapy (HRT), postmenopausal obesity and ionizing radiation. Factors that decrease a woman's risk of breast cancer include breast-feeding and physical activity (exercise) (ACS, 2010).
Please schedule your 2011 mammogram today.  It's time to take care of you.
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1 comment:

  1. This is a very important message. Thanks for reminding all of us just how important.


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