As Mother’s Day approaches, we are reminded to honor and celebrate the beloved women in our lives. Part of that love includes caring for their health, and that is why it is important that they receive yearly mammograms and be proactive against breast cancer, the second-deadliest form of cancer in women.
Every year, nearly 200,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and over 40,000 will die from this dreadful disease. Half of women diagnosed will be over the age of 65. Some of the leading risk factors for breast cancer are family history, a diet high in saturated fats, lack of physical activity and obesity.
Early detection is the most effective way to guard against breast cancer. There are new resources, support groups, and hotlines available to help breast cancer victims and survivors.
Some organizations which offer these services are:
New York State Breast Cancer Support and Education Network
American Cancer Society
Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered
Breast Cancer Action
Adelphi Breast Cancer Hotline
Adelphi New York Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program – 1-800-877-8077
Breast cancer awareness is something that we must always be mindful of to protect the health of our families and ourselves. This Mother’s Day, please remind the women in your life to get an examination and help educate your loved ones about taking care of themselves and getting the support they need to be cancer free.
If you or a loved one is a cancer survivor, please share your experiences, and the resources you found helpful, on my Facebook page.