By Dr. Harsha Ramchandani
Chief Medical Officer
Founded in 1985, the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month promotes breast cancer awareness by sharing information on the disease and providing better access to screening services. Festivities emphasize mammograms as the most valuable tool in the fight against breast cancer because early detection is crucial!
The Pink Ribbon is widely used to demonstrate support for women (and men) who have breast cancer. In 1991, the Susan G. Komen Foundation handed out the ribbons for the first time at the Race for the Cure in New York City. The Pink Ribbon is displayed in all shapes and styles.
According to the National Cancer Institute, there are more than 194,000 new cases and 40,000 deaths per year in the U.S. Here are a couple of other quick facts:
- 12% of women will be diagnosed with breast cancer
- 60% of breast cancer cases are diagnosed while the cancer is still confined to the primary site (localized stage)
- 61 years old is the median diagnosis age for breast cancer from 2002-2006
- The overall 5-year relative survival rate is about 90%
In partnership with the American Cancer Society and the NFL, Tri-City Health Center is organizing CRUCIAL CATCH DAY on Saturday, October 13, 2018. Free breast exams and mammogram will be offered to all patients. To schedule an appointment, call 510.770.8040. Walk-ins are also welcome.
The United States Preventive Task Force recommends biennial screening mammography for women aged 50 to 74 years. Earlier screenings can be chosen individually.
For more information on the breast cancer and screening please visit the CDC.