Every week it seems like a new study is published, or new findings are shared focused around breast cancer.
The National Cancer Institute study in April stated how breast cancer diagnoses are expected to rise 50% by 2030, while most recently there was Sandra Lee's story of how a routine mammogram screening found her cancer at age 48. Thrown into this mix is the recommendation from the United States Preventative Services Task Force guiding women to start getting their screening mammograms at age 50, only needing to return every other year.
Differences of opinion, questions regarding breast cancer guidelines, as well as, the actual disease itself, aren't going away any time soon. This is why it's so important to support the fight against the disease, along with the fight to provide the needed education for those currently affected and those who could become affected.
With wedding season upon us, a group in Florida, will grant many people this opportunity.
Brides Against Breast Cancer puts on a Nationwide Tour of Gowns where brides to be have the opportunity to purchase donated wedding dresses. Since BABC is a wholly owned affiliate of the Health Support Network, the money raised goes to supporting educational programs and services for cancer patients, caregivers, and family members.
Education is key in granting not only knowledge, but also empowerment. For example, look at how cigarette smoking is now viewed in our society. Ten years ago we were still able to smoke in restaurants and only about 15 years ago smoking was banned on all Domestic flights. Can you believe there actually used to be a time where smoking in restaurants and on planes was commonplace? With all of the information that we now know about smoking's connection to lung cancer, and the destruction that second-hand smoke causes, it's incredible to think of that past as a one-time reality.
When it comes to breast cancer, women and men alike need to seek out knowledge.
Learn from Dr. Nancy Cappello and her breast-density initiative, learn from survivors, whether famous to the world or just famous to you, learn from the American Cancer Society, and other reputable organizations providing education - we all need to get out there and learn.
What would've happened if Sandra Lee waited until age 50 to get her screening mammogram?
Don't let a lack of knowledge lead to a lack of health, especially as you embark upon your new life as husband or wife.