October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. However, Breast Cancer Awareness should be an ongoing thing. We all know at least one Breast Cancer Warrior, or someone who lost their battle to Breast Cancer. Supporting the research and making donations will help one more person become a warrior. Today we hear from one of our awesome warriors, Lisa Washington. Hear her story, be encouraged, get tested, donate!
“It was a few months after my 40th Birthday when I went in for a routine mammogram. I had been having them since I was 35 due to family history. They were ready to send me on my way when I mentioned to the radiologist I had felt a lump a few weeks earlier. Since this lump did not show up on the mammogram, she then ordered a sonogram (which is what Affrican American women should request due to our dense breast tissue) and the sonogram was able to detect the lump which turned out to be breast cancer. After 6 rounds of chemo, two surgeries and radiation I stand with so many other women as not just survivors but thrivers. I am thankful for the doctors, nurses and the medicine but God is my healer. #Godisfaithful“ Lisa Washington
Understanding Breast Cancer
Cancer is a broad term for a class of diseases characterized by abnormal cells that grow and invade healthy cells in the body. Breast cancer starts in the cells of the breast as a group of cancer cells that can then invade surrounding tissues or spread (metastasize) to other areas of the body. Breast cancer occurs when malignant tumors develop in the breast. These cells can spread by breaking away from the original tumor and entering blood vessels or lymph vessels, which branch into tissues throughout the body. When cancer cells travel to other parts of the body and begin damaging other tissues and organs, the process is called metastasis.
Facts About Breast Cancer In The United States
- One in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
- Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.
- Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women.
- Each year it is estimated that over 252,710 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,500 will die.
- Although breast cancer in men is rare, an estimated 2,470 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 460 will die each year.
- On average, every 2 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer and 1 woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes.
- Over 3.3 million breast cancer survivors are alive in the United States today. *National Breast Cancer Foundation*
To educate yourself even more, and to make a donation please visit the website; Breast Cancer Awareness.