October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
DG&A takes this opportunity to reiterate the steps that women and men alike can take in order to detect breast cancer early on. While most are familiar with breast cancer, many forget to take initiative in detecting the disease at its earliest stages. According to the National Cancer Institute, when breast cancer is detected early on, the 5-year survival rate is 98%.
At David Gomez & Associates, we not only support early detection practices, but also the establishment of healthy habits which can reduce the risk of developing breast cancer. Limiting alcohol, not smoking, controlling your weight, and avoiding exposure to radiation and environmental pollution are all proactive methods to reduce your susceptibility to the disease.
BREAST CANCER IN THE UNITED STATES
- One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.
- Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.
- Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women.
- Each year it is estimated that over 220,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die.
- An estimated 2,150 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 410 will die each year.
- Read more: (http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-facts)
Develop and follow an early prevention plan
David Gomez & Associates strongly advises that both men and women alike develop and follow a detection plan. Through the site www.earlydetectionplan.org you are able to create an early detection plan to receive reminders of when to do breast self-exams and when to schedule your clinical breast exams and mammograms based upon your age and health history.
Pledge Your Support
At DG&A, employees are encouraged to support breast cancer awareness month. You too can pledge your support through a donation to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation at ww5.komen.org/Donate/Donate.html. Any donation, big or small, will help to popularize preventative measures and also assist men and women in the battle against breast cancer.
Contributed By: Julie Hillgard