Breast Cancer Doesn’t Take a Vacation
Summer is in Full Swing & the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition Hopes You Are Enjoying Your Vacation!
For many Delawareans during the summertime, however, the livin’ is not easy. That’s because breast cancer doesn’t take a vacation. Breast cancer doesn’t care if it’s sunny, 85° F and perfect weather for the beach or barbecuing. Breast cancer doesn’t take a vacation, a rest, or even a breather any time of year. That’s why we want you to be consistent with practicing good breast health.
This year, according to national statistics, approximately 580 women and men will be diagnosed with breast cancer in Delaware and there is no prevention or cure.
The good news is that 98 percent of those diagnosed early will live beyond five years. The key to early detection and successful treatment is having annual mammograms and regular clinical breast exams, along with breast health awareness.
Mammograms are still the most important tool doctors have for diagnosing, evaluating, and following women with breast cancer. Mammography cannot prevent or cure breast cancer, but it can detect the disease before symptoms occur.
So, whether you’re planning for your vacation or just returning, make the commitment today to practice breast self-exams and schedule your mammogram, because early detection saves lives. If you’re over 40 years old or at high risk and haven’t had a mammogram in the past 12 months, please schedule one.
The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition makes it our business to ensure that every woman over the age of 40 has an annual mammogram and clinical breast exam. If health insurance or finances are an issue, we can help. If transportation is a problem, we’ll get you to your appointment. If language barriers cause a breakdown in communications, we’ll translate. Whatever the roadblock is, we’ll work to remove it and get you on the path to good breast health.