Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the Midst of Challenge
October is typically known to be a month that heralds the start of many seasonal celebrations. For some this is a welcome reprieve from the summer heat and for others it brings some trepidation as the forecast for cold or unknown winters begin to arrive. Some may find themselves with family to celebrate and some alone. As we look at this October, we see many similarities for those facing the uncertainty that the Hurricane has brought us as well as those who are excited to begin anew. All this is to say that no one ever knows where their friends and family really fall. This year, despite the hurricane, economic uncertainty, lack of food and other resources, families will continue to face health uncertainties for the unforeseen future. We are reminded that everyone’s journey is personal and to be respectful and supportive of one another. We at Life Care Home Health Family and all our companies would like to shine a spotlight on Breast Cancer Awareness as so many of our clinicians are women and warriors.
This year not unlike others we highlight a cause that is near to many of our hearts, Breast Cancer Awareness. October is traditionally known as Breast Cancer Awareness Month and it reminds us all that although we may or may not know someone on this journey, we need to do all in our power to assist those suffering with this and bring closure to this terrible illness.
A few facts and one most important recommendation…………Get screened regularly! May of us have fallen behind in our medical testing due to the Covid pandemic. Please make certain that all your medical tests and appointments are up to date.
About 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 13%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. In 2022, an estimated 287,850 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 51,400 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer. About 2,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in men in 2022. A man’s lifetime risk of breast cancer is about 1 in 833. About 43,250 women in the U.S. are expected to die in 2022 from breast cancer. Death rates have been steady in women under 50 since 2007, but have continued to drop in women over 50. The overall death rate from breast cancer decreased by 1% per year from 2013 to 2018. These decreases are thought to be the result of treatment advances and earlier detection through screening. For women in the U.S., breast cancer death rates are higher than those for any other cancer, besides lung cancer. As of January 2022, there are more than 3.8 million women with a history of breast cancer in the U.S. This includes women currently being treated and women who have finished treatment. Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women. In 2022, it’s estimated that about 30% of newly diagnosed cancers in women will be breast cancers.
For more information, please access the National Breast Cancer Foundation – Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2022 – National Breast Cancer Foundation