Thank you to SheSpeaks/P&G for sponsoring this post about the importance of early detection during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
When I was in college, I felt a lump. The scary, call the doctor immediately kind. Because cancer had already taken one of my cousins and I had another one that was not doing well.
Fortunately, my lump was just fibrous tissue and nothing to worry about, but it sure scared me. And I want to be around for a long time for these people!
Since early detection is the best defense against breast cancer, I’m instituting a date every month that the hubby has to remind me to do a self-exam. Of course, if he wants to help, I’m sure he’ll be even more inclined to remind me. And, the earlier breast cancer is detected, the higher the survival rate, so it’s important to keep those b00bs examined. When detected during the early (localized) stage, the five year survival rate is 98 percent.*
One in eight women will get breast cancer in her lifetime. One in eight. That is equivalent to an inner circle of girlfriends or the women in an extended family. While breast cancer rates are lower among non-Caucasian women, death rates are higher among African American and Latina women. In fact, every hour and a half a Latina woman dies of breast cancer in the United States.
This year, the P&G Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign has partnered with The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) to educate the men in our lives! They want gentlemen to decide when their “day of action” will be and encourage the women in their life to take action and create an early detection plan. So, Mr. Serious, what will your day be? Because it’s important that I know my b00bs.
And, ladies, what day will you pick to have your men remind you? I think I’ll set a reminder on his calendar just so he can’t forget!
*National Cancer Institute
About P&G’s Contribution to the National Breast Cancer Foundation The 2013 P&G Breast Cancer Awareness campaign will help save lives by making a $500,000 donation to The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF). Since 2008, P&G has donated more than $2.1MM to the NBCF to help save lives through early detection awareness and education. More than 80 percent of all donations to the NBCF go to programs that benefit women.