Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Procter & Gamble and SheSpeaks for the Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign.
On October 3rd of this year, I celebrated my 50th birthday. This month also serves as a reminder for me to schedule my annual mammogram appointment. The P&G Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign has partnered with The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) to not only educate women, but also the men in their lives, about the importance of early detection.
I was surprised to learn that 1 in 8 women will get breast cancer in her lifetime. Although, thankfully, I’ve not been affected personally, I do have loved ones that have fought and by the grace of God, survived breast cancer. My aunt and cousin (her daughter) have both had mastectomies and are completely cancer free 20 and 35 years later. My dear mother-in-law was recently diagnosed with breast cancer, but was fortunate enough to go through having just a lumpectomy and radiation treatments. I’m very blessed to still have them in my life.
At approximately age 40, it’s so important to have an initial mammogram and schedule them annually thereafter. You should also start routine breast self-exams at around age 20, which can help you to detect any unusual lumps, swelling or skin irritation. By following an Early Detection Plan, you’ll increase your chances of detecting breast cancer in its early stages, which gives you the best chance of survival.
Being from both Caucasian and Latina backgrounds, I found these statistics rather shocking: While breast cancer rates are lower among non-Caucasian women, death rates are higher among African American and Latina women. In fact, every hour and a half a Latina woman dies of breast cancer in the United States.
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