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Think Pink! It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month

By Debbie Humphrey

It’s that time of year to think pink!  October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which means we will be showered with shades of pink throughout our communities and across the country, in a supreme effort to promote early detection as a means of preventing the progression of our nation’s second most prevalent form of cancer.

No one is immune to this dreadful condition, and the majority of victims are women. According to the Centers for Disease Control, with age, comes a higher risk of developing breast cancer. Based on statistics released this year, out of 100 women currently 60 years-old, as many as four will develop the disease by the time they turn 70.*

Maxine Mammogram Cartoon

In as much as research and advancements in technology and treatments have decreased the mortality rate of those battling breast cancer, the alarming statistics should be reason enough to make an appointment now for your annual mammogram, if you haven’t already done so. Early detection and treatment has proven significantly successful in slowing, and even stopping, the progression of breast cancer, regardless of a person’s age.

The compassionate caregivers at Home Helpers take Breast Cancer Awareness Month very seriously, and they encourage you to eliminate excuses and take action now to minimize your risk of becoming a breast cancer statistic.

If you, or someone you love, needs transportation to doctor’s appointments, mammogram screenings, or other medical procedures; or if you would prefer having a companion along with whom you can talk to ease your anxieties, call Home Helpers today: 727-942-2539. They are always there for you.

*Statistics from www.cdc.gov/cancer/breast/statistics/age.htm