Most people know that October is “Breast Cancer Awareness Month.” While most are “aware of breast cancer”, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States (other than skin cancer). Millions of women are surviving the disease thanks in part to early detection and improvements in treatment.
As you may remember, last year I started a new job at the Hospital. I working in an Out Patient Infusion Center. We see all kinds of patients and give a lot of different medications, and a lot of chemotherapy. In just this past year that I have been working, I have seen so many cases of advanced cancer. The earlier the cancer is found, the better the prognosis!
If you live in the USA and think that you can’t afford to get tests done, coverage of mammograms for breast cancer screening is mandated by the Affordable Care Act. The ACA provides that these be given without a co-pay or deductible. Don’t put off screening because of fear of the possible outcome.
I can’t stress to you enough that early detection saves lives!