Mammograms and Breast Cancer Screenings are an important parts of the methodology used in the prevention of this terrible disease. Breast Cancer Awareness is a vital topic today, and education is the key.
The Affordable Care Act requires Medicare and all new health insurance plans to fully cover screening mammograms without any out-of-pocket expense for patients, and this is a major benefit for African-American women, who die from Breast Cancer at a much higher rate than other women.
Below are 10 little known facts about Breast Cancer, facts every women should know.
1. The most common type of cancer acquired by women in America is Breast Cancer, followed closely by Lung Cancer. However, Lung Cancer is the number 1 cause of cancer deaths among women, with Breast Cancer second.
2. Breast Cancer is curable. Early detection is the key.
3. There are more than 3 million Breast Cancer survivors in the U.S. today, giving hope to all women currently seeking treatment.
4. This is not a strictly a women’s disease, men can get Breast Cancer as well. 1% of all Breast Cancer diagnoses’ are attributed to men, and usually these men are 60 to 70 years of age.
5. Breast Cancer display’s no early symptoms. In the early stages, Breast Cancer may go un-noticed when the tumor is small and very treatable. Women should buddy up and do monthly breast examinations together. On the same day every month, without fail.
6. There are more cases of Breast Cancer diagnosed in the U.S than anywhere else in the world. This is said to be from our country’s social advancement, and the risk factors that go along with higher socioeconomic status.
7. Non-Hispanic white women have a higher incidence of Breast Cancer than African-American women, but African-American women die at a higher rate than Non-Hispanic white women. Poverty and a lack of health insurance are also associated with lower breast cancer survival rates for African-American women. Breast cancer patients from lower income areas often have lower survival rates than those from higher-income areas. So Obamacare may change all that.
8. Statistics show that the left breast is more prone to developing Breast Cancer than the right breast, and the reasons why are unclear to Scientists and Researchers as well.
9. Women over the age of 50 are at serious risk of developing Breast Cancer, and if every women over the age of 50 had a yearly mammogram, deaths from Breast Cancer for these women could decline by 25% or more. Currently under the Affordable Care Act, Medicare and all new health insurance plans are required to fully cover screening mammograms without any out-of-pocket expense for patients. For help locating a free or low-cost screening mammogram in your area, contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345.
10. Breast feeding your newborn has been shown to reduce the risk of developing Breast Cancer. The longer the period, the greater the benefits, so make a choice for breast feeding, it will also create a bond between you and your child.
Article by Jim Donahue