Autumn weather is here, and I have an absolutely, positively great way to celebrate the nice weather: awareness.
Awareness of what, you ask? Great question! Every October, as baseball moves into the fall playoffs, Halloween costumes go up for sale, and the weather cools markedly down, something else is also on the move - something life changing, something life saving. It's breast cancer awareness.
When we become aware of something, we suddenly have more choices. A mentor of mine always says that. And I believe it to be wholly true. If I don't know about something, I don't have many choices to do anything about it. But once I know about said issue, I have a new set of choices. Same goes for breast cancer. Once we become aware, we have new choices about how to deal with it. We can fight or give up. We can tell others or keep it to ourselves. We can donate to research or sit back and give nothing. We can walk in honor of the cure or suppot someone who is. See how many choices open up when we become aware?
October is breast cancer awareness month, and our team at Dallas Courier intends to make a choice: to make as many people aware of it as possible. Then, the more who are aware, the more can support the cause. Even if you don't extra money laying around, you have a voice - let's all use them!
In honor of our medical route delivery services Dallas team, I am going to give some very important facts so that our readers can be aware and informed. Why is this post in honor of our medical courier services Dallas? Simple - they handle medical deliveries DFW all day every day. And while we may not be doctors, nurses or technicians, we are still around the medical community enough to know that breast cancer awareness month cannot pass by without us being vigilant in getting the message out:
- Although the exact causes of breast cancer are still unknown, researchers do know that age, gender and lifetime exposure to estrogen play a role. Since the exact cause is unknown, full prevention is not possible YET. But, there are things you can do to help: maintain a healthy weight, exercise, and limit alcohol.
- Older women are more likely to get breast cancer, but women in their 20s can get it too. It is simply more likely in older women.
- Men can get breast cancer, too.
- Only about 5 to 10 percent of breast cancer cases are attributed to a genetic mutation. Meaning, even if it runs in your family, it is not guaranteed that you will get it. Of course, you need to be hyper vigilant either way!
- The five year survival rate in the U.S. currently is 90%. That's pretty good. Of course, that's only looking at statistics. If you have breast cancer, five years at 90% survival rate probably isn't all that comforting. That's why an entire month dedicated to awareness is so important. We must find a cure.
- Early detection and approrpriate treatment is ideal for successful treatment. When the cancer is detected early and treated properly, patients have a 99% survival rate - another promising number.
- The best ways to protect yourselves: a mammogram and a clinical breast exam. A mammogram is an x ray that can detect a lump before it can even be felt. If you are 40 or older, you should absolutely have a mammogram. What an easy way to screen for your safety. The clinical breast exam is a physical exam provided by a health professional. Women should get them done at least every 3 years but ideally every year at their annual appointment.
Let's all re-commit ourselves to doing our part to not only raise awareness for breast cancer but also to follow guidelines regarding mammograms and breast exams. We all have an important role to play in the curing of breast cancer. It will be cured one person, one medical delivery services Dallas, one doctor, one patient, one supporter, one child, one dollar, one penny at a time.