An article from KSL today reports that Utah ranks dead last in the number of women who get breast cancer screenings.
Dead last. Moms, we need to fix this.
It also quotes Dr Brett Parkinson in saying that four women in 1000 have breast cancer right now, and don’t even know it. Put that math into the female population of Utah, and that means 5,600 women are walking around right now with a disease that can kill them if not caught early. And they don’t even know it.
October 1 kicks off the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. “Breast cancer is a type of cancer where cells in the breast tissue divide and grow without normal control. It is a widespread and random disease, striking women and men of all ages and races. It is the most prevalent cancer in the world today, with about 1.3 million people diagnosed annually. The exact cause of the disease is unknown, and at this time, there is no cure…But there is hope. Thanks to heightened awareness, early detection through screening, improved treatment methods and increased access to breast health services, people have a greater chance of survival than ever before.”
Regular breast cancer screenings are the best way to detect cancers early, while they are still manageable. Survival rates drastically increase for women whose cancer is found in the early stages, rather than when it has advanced. The 5-year survival rate for women with stage 3 cancer is only 41%. If detected at stage 1, the 5-year survival rate jumps to 93%.
Many single moms spend so much time focusing on their children and running their households that their own health isn’t much of a priority. But look at those 5-year survival rates–all of us want to still be around for our kids in 5 years. Do you want to have a 41% chance of that happening, or a 93%? Get your breast cancer screenings early and often.
Local Breast Cancer Screenings:
Huntsman Cancer Institute
Salt Lake Valley Women’s Cancer Screening
Utah Cancer Specialists
Intermountain Mammography Centers
For more information:
Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month Calendar
Susan G. Komen for the Cure – Salt Lake City Affiliate — Support for you
List of local resources