When you look at the statistics, one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer (American Cancer Society). Unfortunately, that means I could bet that out of you and your 7 closest friends and colleagues, you can probably identify at least one woman who has survived breast cancer. Amongst family members, I can identify at least one. At work, at least one. And among my friends, at least one. And that is just me and my circle.
What the hell? Those numbers are ridiculous. Breast cancer is the second, only to lung cancer, leading cancer killer of women, according to ACS. So what do we do?
I'm in my early 30s. I have yet to have the mammogram. For the most part, breast cancer is not common in my immediate family. So I follow the general recommendations: SBE (self breast exams), clinical breast exams by the physician, and try to keep in general good health. But many are not as lucky, and maybe the prevalence of breast cancer is higher.
The theory of early detection is the key, and we know our bodies best. But sometimes we need the electronic age help. So if you think you may be considered at high or moderate risk with factors like those above, then consider talking to your doctor about yearly MRI and mammograms.
Go to the American Cancer Society for more information and talk to your physician!
Let's save the tatas!