One in eight women will get breast cancer in her lifetime. That is an astonishing number and if you add to that the fact that breast cancer rates are higher among African American and Latina women there is no denying that we all need to get educated and be proactive. Every hour and a half a Latina woman dies of breast cancer in the United States.* That is a staggering number and I think that the Latino community can do better than that, we can change those numbers by educating ourselves and encouraging our loved ones to conduct regular self exams, schedule regular medical exams, and create an early detection plan.
When I was in high school my grandmother got diagnosed with breast cancer, she had to have a double mastectomy but she was lucky that the cancer did not return and she went on to live for many years. I remember it well and since then I have been very aware of the importance of getting regular exams. The best way to beat breast cancer is by detecting it early. The earlier breast cancer is detected, the higher the survival rate.
The P&G Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign
The 2013 P&G Breast Cancer Awareness campaign will help save lives by making a $500,000 donation to The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF). This is the 6th year P&G has partnered with the NBCF and I love that this campaign is really unique in that it recognizes the importance to educate not only women but also the men in their lives so that they can encourage and support them and together create an early detection plan. , educating not only women, but the men in their lives, about the importance of early detection, and providing the tools through which to create an early detection plan.
Latinos are big about family and I think that P&G is on the right track with this concept. Breast cancer awareness is not only affect women, it affects families and because of this getting men involved so that they can motivate the women in their lives to take action not only for themselves but for everyone in the family by conducting regular self exams, scheduling regular medical exams, and creating an early detection plan.
You too can save lives by helping to spread the message that early detection is the key.
The National Breast Cancer Foundation provides free mammograms for women in need as part of their mission. You can see if they have a partner hospital in your area at: http://breastcan.cr/Jb2IZ8 If there is not a hospital in your area, check with your local hospital. They may have a program in place that can get you the mammogram you need.
So what are you doing to change those numbers? To save your lives? To save your life? Are you doing regular self-check ups? Have you scheduled your annual mammogram? Have you encouraged a loved one to do so? If you are a guy have you asked the women in your life to schedule their annual physicals and mammograms?
[important]Mujeres no more excuses, make sure you get your mammograms today if you haven’t gotten one this year! Don’t just do it for yourselves, do it for your team, do it for your family because they need you![/important]
To get more information about the importance of early detection and to access NBCF’s Early Detection Plan App visit www.pgeveryday.com/bca. You will also be able to hear P&G employees’ inspiring stories about moments made possible in their lives due to early detection.
* Info from the National Cancer Institute
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