Celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness Through Proper Screening

Henrietta Strickland
October 14, 2018

Other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women. That's more than the entire student populations of Radford and Virginia Tech combined.

The key to long-term effectiveness and the most positive outcomes is to catch cancer quickly. "We need to be figuring out why some women are dying of this disease and some aren't and how we can change that", Elizabeth Hand, community engagement manager for the Virginia Blue Ridge chapter of Susan G. Komen, said.

She advised community members to visit their primary care physicians for an annual wellness checkup, whether they are well are not. The NHS has estimated that breast cancer screening saves 1,300 lives a year in the UK.

In the United States, cancer statistics reported that in 2016, some 250,000 new breast cancer cases were diagnosed, and approximately 40,000 people died of the disease.

During this event, Rotem Adar Schwartz of the organization Bright Pink will speak on the basics of breast and ovarian health, and Eve Mart will share her experience about genetic/hereditary breast cancer. "They receive those services without a cost to them".

Most women begin getting mammograms at 40 or 50, depending on which screening guidelines they and their health care providers choose. While this information is critical, it is equally important that we recognize the 155,000 people living with metastatic breast cancer (MBC), the most advanced form of the disease.

One in eight women in the U.S will develop invasive Breast Cancer over the course of their lifetime. Both cancer and dense tissue appear white on a mammogram, so looking for tumors in women with dense breasts can be like looking for a snowball in a snowstorm. And that starts with a yearly screening.

The study, published in the journal, Clinical Cancer Research, said that women with the BRACA1 and BRACA2 gene mutations and those who had been diagnosed with breast cancer or ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) before the age of 35 were identified as being at increased risk.

A brilliant Ghanaian Senior High School student has broken the mold by successfully creating a system that uses predictive analytics model to predict breast cancer. Some other symptoms can include common redness or swollen lymph nodes.

"We should be evaluating every woman for breast cancer risk", said Dr. Robert Gabordi, a breast surgical oncologist and genetic specialist at St. Josephs Womens Hospital.

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