And for good reason.
According to Cancer Treatment Centers of America, 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetime and about 231,840 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 2015. Just think of you and 7 friends as a group. According to these statistics, one of you will have breast cancer at some point in life.
Everyone has someone that comes to mind when they hear "breast cancer". For me, it's my grandmother. My grandmother fought cancer for a while. She had diabetes which made battling it even harder. It started as breast cancer, but then spread throughout her body. The doctors didn't catch that it had spread to her brain until it was too late to save her.
She practically raised me for a portion of my life. She is the one who gave me a passion for cooking, baking, gardening, and sharing my love for Christ. But seeing how strong she was when she fought this horrible disease taught me more about life than anything else she ever showed me.
She was only 63 when she passed. Cancer has, so far, stolen 12 years of her being here from me.
She didn't get to see me graduate from high school. She didn't get to watch me get married. She didn't get to meet 3 of her own grandchildren and will never meet any of her great grandchildren. She will never watch me graduate college, meet my husband, won't visit my home, or get to be a great grandmother. Well, at least in this world.
Don't let cancer steal from you, too. Stop it before it is too late.
In honor of my inspiring grandmother and to help raise awareness for breast cancer, I dyed my hair pink. Each time someone comments on my hair I let them know it is in honor of breast cancer awareness month and encourage them in getting annual checkups.
According to the American Cancer Society, women have a 100% 5 year relative survival rate when diagnosed at stage 1, but that percentage of survival goes down to 22% at stage 4. The earlier someone is diagnosed, the higher chance of living they have.
SO GET YOUR ANNUAL CHECK UPS! I don't care what excuse you have - it isn't good enough.
Here is an infographic from Cancer Treatment Centers of America that highlights things you should and shouldn't do to avoid breast cancer all together and to detect it early:
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