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Are you one of those people that thinks, “That will never be me?” No matter what the situation, you feel as though it could never happen to you. Or perhaps you are the other type of person. The one that thinks if it can happen to anyone… it WILL be you. I think, for me, it depends on the situation. When it comes to cancer, I am normally on the it’s going to be me side of thinking. My family has a running history of cancer. All types.
Early Detection Awareness
My sister works in the medical field. She is probably more in tune with all things “medicinal” than most I know. So, of course, she knows all about Early Detection Awareness. She is adamant about her yearly check ups. This year, her doctor found a lump in one of her breasts.
My sister is 4 years younger than me.
She couldn’t tell me. She told my mom. My mom eventually told me. I am not the worry type… unless it is my kids. But, when my mom was diagnosed with cancer, I had a peace come over me that told me she would win her battle. She did. When I found out about my sister, I again knew she would be alright. But the days leading up to that prognosis were still tough.
My sister is the baby of our family. We have a brother between us. She has always been the most sensitive. Seeing her worry over the outcome of her upcoming mammogram was hard to see.
The day of her mammogram was also my 39th birthday. My mom had already purchased tickets for the three of us, my oldest daughter, and my niece to go see Anita Renfroe. It was supposed to be a fun girls’ night out. And it was. There was a part of the show where Anita talked about losing her grandmother to breast cancer and we all cried together. But, we also prayed together for my sister. That everything would be okay.
And you know what?
She got the call a few days later. It was benign. Everything was well and good. But, my sister’s attitude towards early detection was key. It became a vital role in what could have been a scary, treacherous battle for our entire family.
Breast Cancer Awareness facts can save your life… or the life of someone you know:
- 1 in 8 women will get breast cancer in her lifetime. 1 in 8. That is equivalent to an inner circle of girlfriends or the women in an extended family.
- Early detection saves lives. The earlier breast cancer is detected, the higher the survival rate. In fact, when detected during the early (localized) stage – the five year survival rate is 98%.(*National Cancer Institute)
- 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. (*National Cancer Institute)
How can you help? Tell others about early detection. It is the best defense in the fight against breast cancer. Create your own early detection plan and then get your girlfriends to follow suit. Men can take part in spreading awareness by encouraging the women in their lives to take action as well. If nothing else, begin with a self breast exam and stay aware of your own body.
Are you at least doing regular self-check ups?
Visit P&G everyday for more information about the importance of early detection, to access the NBCF’s Early Detection Plan App and to hear P&G employees’ inspiring stories about moments made possible in their lives due to early detection.
You can also find FREE screening clinics nationwide as part of the P&G partnership with the National Breast Cancer Foundation. No excuses!