Breast Cancer AwarenessYou probably know someone who is currently fighting, or has fought breast cancer.  Maybe it’s you.  Maybe it’s someone you love.  Breast cancer has been touching the lives of people across the country and around the world—it knows no boundaries, no ethnic backgrounds, no age limits. One out of every 8 women will develop breast cancer during their lifetime, and about 80% will have no risk factors for the disease.

Thankfully, breast cancer rates in the United States have been falling over recent years– this drop can be attributed to advances in research, and improving awareness among women across the country in regards to screenings and treatment. And while no one wants to hear the word cancer, there are more resources than ever available for patients and families.  So get educated, get involved and get out there in the name of breast cancer awareness.

The race for a cure to breast cancer isn’t cheap—surpassing the $1 billion dollar mark many years ago, many organizations like the Susan G. Komen Foundation are raising money, and promoting activities across the country to continue the search for a cure.  This is Breast Cancer Awareness Month—and it seems like every city across the country of any size is holding a memorial walk, a 5K race, bowl-a-thons, bake sales and much more.  Every penny gets donated to one of several worthy organizations to fund research and programs to learn more about breast cancer.

What can you do to help? Simple. You can get involved.  Either by yourself or with a team of friends, family, or coworkers, you can spearhead activities that bring the community together.  If your community is already making plans for a breast-cancer blast, join in.  Maybe you would like to serve on a committee for an event, drum up business supporters, or spend time setting up for the event. It takes everyone to make these activities special and anything you can do will help.

If you can’t be there in person, it’s as simple as opening your checkbook and making a donation—large or small you can rest assured that your hard-earned cash will be put to good use for research, education and even special programs like low-cost or free mammograms for women who can’t afford them.

Breast cancer awareness starts with you—who can you share with, who can you touch today?  How long has it been since your last breast exam and mammogram?  Don’t let your life become another statistic—make an appointment with Dr. Hessel today to evaluate your breast health.  We look forward to seeing you soon.