Welcome to the Pulse Three-Point-Thirty-Four: As you can see, I'm sporting my pink today for Breast Cancer Awareness Month! According to Susan G. Komen for The Cure, over 207,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in the United States during 2010.
Getting regular screening tests is the best way for women to catch breast cancer early on. Screening tests can find breast cancer when it's most treatable. One of the most common screening procedures used for early detection is the mammogram. In November 2009, The United States Preventive Services Task Force redefined their mammography recommendations. These new recommendations have caused some confusion about if and when women should get a mammogram.
In this video Dr. Ken Cowan discusses the differences between task force and professional society recommendations. According to Dr. Cowan, the task force says that women who do get an annual mammogram have a lower risk of dying from breast cancer; however, the benefit is greatest in women over age 50. They recommend annual mammography screenings for women aged 50 to 74. The professional society continues to recommend that all women above age 40 be screened annually.
Organizations like The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the Breast Cancer Network of Strength and Susan G. Komen for the Cure all support the recommendation that women begin regular mammography screenings at age 40, NOT 50. Aside from mammography, there are additional ways to detect early signs of breast cancer. You've probably heard of breast self-examination, or BSE.
In this video Dr. Angela Parise says breast lumps, discharge, breast changes, tenderness and thickness in the breast can be associated with breast cancer. She believes in the power of breast self-examination and teaches even her younger, adolescent female patients how to perform one. Dr. Parise says that women often believe they are too young to be diagnosed with breast cancer, but that women in their reproductive years CAN be at risk. She advises women to do a monthly breast self-examination.
October is an amazing time for Breast Cancer Awareness. NFL football players are decked out in pink cleats, hats and sweat bands. Communities host an annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure -- and people don their pink ribbons to unite for one cause. If you have been diagnosed, or are close to someone who has been, we'd love to hear your advice for how to stay strong in the fight against Breast Cancer.
In this video Jeanie shares her advice for people faced with breast cancer. She says seeing her father be strong and optimistic when he was sick years before, gave her hope. Jeanie also says it was so important for her to trust the doctors and nurses taking care of her -- and have faith that she was in good hands.
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