Have You Scheduled Your Mammogram?

This is a re-post of a blog post, by my husband, on his web site four years ago.

“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 our 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.”

Today, I am winning my fight with breast cancer and I am the poster child for early detection. The wonderful doctors at Mayo Clinic tell me that if I had missed that mammogram in 2007 I probably wouldn’t be here today. If you are a woman 50 yrs. or older make sure you get an annual mammogram and if you have a family history of breast cancer or are in a high risk group talk to your doctor about starting mammograms at an earlier age and perhaps an MRI as well, they can be very helpful in early detection.

If you aren’t sure if you are in a high risk group check out the National Cancer Institute web site and consult your physician.

To all of my wonderful friends who have offered such amazing support over the years, Thank You!  You know who you are and to all of you who are in the battle, God Bless.

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