Why Breast Cancer?
How I'm affected by it
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.
Now, if you're effected by breast cancer in any way, shape, or form, please raise your hand.
-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
-stage 0: 100% chance
-stage I: 100% chance
-stage II: 93% chance
-stage III: 72% chance
-stage IV: 22% chance
-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.
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.
general types of treatment:
-bone directed therapy
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.
-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