October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM). Commonly referred to as “Pinktober,” today starts a month focused on raising awareness and funds for breast cancer research and education. Many group throughout the country use this month to speak out in support for women who are at risk. Such supporters from from organizations like Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the American College of Radiology and Good Morning America to celebrities like Christina Applegate and Angelina Jolie. All agree that early detection is crucial when dealing with breast cancer.
According to the American Cancer Society (the “ACS”), an estimated 192,000 women will develop breast cancer this year alone. Statistics show that women under 39 years old have a 1 in 225 chance of developing a form of breast cancer. That one young woman could be someone you graduated high school with. This number rises to 1 in 24 for women aged 40 to 59 and could be the girl you sat next to in your English class in college. In women over 60, 1 in 14 will have breast cancer. She could be your co-worker who sits in the office down the hall from you. The ACS says that women have a 1 in 8 chance of developing breast cancer in their life time which means that chances are that you could know a close family member who has breast cancer, or even be afflicted yourself.
What does all of this mean? A person is never “too young” to have breast cancer. Breast cancer can strike at any age, so make sure that self-administered exams and checkups are on your family’s to-do-list.
In women who are at high-risk for breast cancer, a doctor may use a breast MRI in conjunction with a mammogram as a better option for test screening. Breast MRIs are also important because in some cases, a woman’s breast tissue may be too dense to pick up cancerous cells on a mammogram alone. To find out more information about being considered “high-risk,” talk with your doctor. Your doctor can help you determine your risk level.
If you or a loved one have tested positive for cancer, Breast MRIs can be an important tool that allows your treating doctor to determine detailed information about the cancer and its progression.
Although uncommon, men can also be afflicted by breast cancer. Any noticeable changes should be brought to a doctor as soon as possible. Mammograms and Breast MRI screenings are a person’s best bet when checking for breast cancer.
Here at DiagnosticWorks, we help the un-insured, under-insured, and folks who are determined to manage how their health dollars are spent. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Early detection saves lives. To find out more about our network of doctors and how we can assist you and your loved ones in finding a doctor and affordable diagnostic healthcare, go to www.DiagnosticWorks.com. For additional statistics on breast cancer, please visit the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org/research/cancerfactsstatistics.