BREAST CANCER

Jessica Hernandez

Why Breast Cancer?

Breast cancer makes an impact on thousands upon thousands of lives on a daily basis. In one way or another, almost everyone is affected by it, whether your neighbor has or had it, or somebody close to you has it, we all have something in common. We want it to end. To cease existing. To be gone out of lives forever. To stop stealing the lives that weren't finished being lived by innocent souls everyday. This deadly disease knows no limits and we need to help fight until we find a cure.


How I'm affected by it

As you may or may not know, I participated in the Susan G. Komen 2013 3-Day as a part of the Youth Corps this past November. Youth Corps is an amazing group of 20 people from the ages of 10 to 16 that volunteer their time to help during the 3-Day and raise money for the cause. We spent 4 days at this event (we had to set up the day before) and it was probably the best experience of my life.

Nobody in my family actually has breast cancer but my mom has a lot of friends who are either fighting breast cancer, or are no longer with us. This can be a very sensitive topic for some people, and during the 3-Day, we cried with people and comforted them. I hugged at least 800 people along the route durning those 3 days. It was amazing.

Quick question-

Can only women get breast cancer?


Now, if you're effected by breast cancer in any way, shape, or form, please raise your hand.

facts

-There will be an estimated 39,620 deaths from breast cancer in women this year, and 410 deaths in men.

-About 232,340 new cases of breast cancer will be found in women this year, and about 2,240 in men.

-There are 5 stages of breast cancer, stage 0 describing non-invasive cancer that remains within original location, and stage IV describing invasive cancer that has spread to other parts of the body.

-Basically, stage 0 is the least deadly and stage IV is the most deadly.


chances of survival based on stage

2013-

-stage 0: 100% chance

-stage I: 100% chance

-stage II: 93% chance

-stage III: 72% chance

-stage IV: 22% chance


2001-

-stage 0: 93% chance

-stage I: 88% chance

-stage II: 74% chance

-stage III: 41% chance

-stage IV: 15% chance


The chances of survival have obviously gotten better since 2001.

mammograms

This is a special type of x-ray used to detect breast cancer, and although they are not always perfect, they are a key tool in detecting breast cancer. At age 40, women should begin getting yearly mammograms. For women between the ages of 50-74, these tests should be done every 2 years. Mammograms are not recommended for women over the age of 75.

treatment

general types of treatment:

-surgery

-radiation

-chemotherapy

-hormone therapy

-targeted therapy

-bone directed therapy


Original Plan

My original plan was to research breast cancer, lung cancer, pancreatic cancer, and thyroid cancer, but only ended up doing breast cancer. I feel a powerful connection with it, and decided to just focus on only breast cancer.


During the next few months I will be researching about how breast cancer can effect a person in their daily life and how the cancer it self can be prevented.

Awareness

-October is breast cancer awareness month

-Certain products in stores like Office Depot/Max sell items all year that benefit breast cancer research

-Susan G. Komen is one of the biggest breast cancer organizations in the world


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