More than 1.3 million women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year. We all probably know someone who has been affected by the disease, whether it be a relative, friend, neighbor or co-worker. A lot of progress has been made over the past few decades to treat breast cancer, but is remains a serious issue for many families throughout our state and country.
That is why I believe very strongly in having early screenings and enhanced awareness. Being the most common cancer among women, putting off mammograms or ignoring possible warning signs is not a risk worth taking. Age is a major contributing factor in developing breast cancer, it can affect women of any age.
That statistic would have been unthinkable just 20 years ago. While medical advancements play a big role in this, the growing understanding for the need for regular screenings and checkups is also to credit. Let’s hope and pray that these numbers continue to improve.