Wednesday, October 10, 2007

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Early detection of breast cancer saves lives, and for years October has been National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Grim statistics reported by the American Cancer Society predict that 180,510 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in 2007 and 40,910 women and men will die from it.

We've all heard or read the numbers. Over the years the numbers have grown, and as time went by and more friends and family were diagnosed I began to pay more attention to the numbers and the terrible disease they represented.

On August 27, 2007 Breast Cancer got my full and undivided attention when this silent and unseen assassin entered my home and attacked the most important person in my life. Fortunately an annual mammogram alerted us to the attack on our lives by this remorseless killer.

The good news is... there is hope, not just for Nancy, but for all the women and men who battle breast cancer. The death rate from breast cancer began to drop a few years ago and continues to drop by about 2 percent a year, underscoring the importance of funding further research and the absolute necessity of annual mammograms.

Our family and friends have been wonderful throughout the past couple of months offering prayers and support and we know that will continue and are so thankful. Often her friends will say "let me know what I can do for you" and her answer is always the same... get a mammogram, don't put it off, schedule it today! God bless.