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During my last physical, my doctor encouraged me to be attentive to my breasts even when not doing my monthly breast exam. Just knowing the size, shape, and feel of your breasts will signal any significant changes.
Currently, in 2018 breast cancer statistics predict 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime. This year alone, an estimated 266,120 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in the United States.
Of these and previously diagnosed cases, 40,000 plus women will lose their lives to breast cancer this year.
Since 1989 and the result of increased awareness, early detection through screening, and treatment advances, death rates have been decreasing. But it is never enough if we lose even one woman to this cancer.
More than 3.1 million women as of January 2018 have a history of breast cancer. That number includes women currently being treated and those who have finished treatment.
This statistic is critical right now.
Breast cancer is considered a pre-existing condition. Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA|ObamaCare) insurance companies would provide free breast care screening and were unable to turn away women with pre-existing breast cancer-related disease.
Under new proposed changes to health insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid — coverage for pre-existing illnesses will result in diversion to high-risk pool insurance or at insurance companies discretion — no coverage at all.
I have posted several links below for you. The National Breast Cancer (NBC) website has an informative website and has an excellent site for breast exams. The Very Well Health website has an easy to understand and extensive breast cancer information overview.
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It is estimated “Forty percent of diagnosed breast cancers detected are by women who in the process of doing monthly self-exams detect a lump.”
Ladies, take a moment today to give your melons a good squeeze, your life may depend on it.
Today I am Thankful
- To the Virgin Mary for prayers answered.
- A glorious day that is blue skies and sunshine.
- I am writing. What a struggle.
Writing about breast cancer is a reminder of how precious life is. Call someone you haven’t talked to in a while. Don’t put off till later what you will wish you had done today.
affectionately yours, Laura
#gratefulsurvivor #warrioragainstdarkness #breastcancersurvivor
Resources: National Breast Cancer Organization (www.nationalbreastcancer.org), Breast Cancer Organization (www.breastcancer.org), Very Well Health (www.verywellhealth.com)