With this important anniversary in mind, iSurf News would like to bring the reader some facts related to the potentially life-threatening disease, as well as some further information on the most availbale method for early detection.

 

According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), an estimated 192,370 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to have been diagnosed among women in the United States after 2009’s findings are totaled. Additionally, the ACS predicts that approximately 1,910 new cases will have been found in men during 2009. The ACS also reports that an estimated 40,610 breast cancer deaths are expected to have occurred in 2009 (40,170 women; 440 men).

To understand more about what the actual affliction entails, iSurf News looked to the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month’s (NBCAM) official website, which explains that, “Cancer is a disease that occurs when cells become abnormal and divide without control or order. Each organ in the body is made up of various kinds of cells. Cells normally divide in an orderly way to produce more cells only when they are needed. This process helps keep the body healthy. If cells divide when new cells are not needed, they form too much tissue. This extra tissue, called a tumor, can be benign or malignant. Breast cancer is cancer that forms in tissues of the breast, usually the ducts (tubes that carry milk to the nipple) and lobules (glands that make milk). It occurs in both men and women, although male breast cancer is rare.”

Additionally, national research shows that breast cancer is the most common form of cancer diagnosed in women, aside from skin cancer. 

In regards to the early detection of breast cancer, the NBCAM’s site explains that yearly mammography screenings remain the best available method to find warning signs.

In fact, the U.S. Congress passed the Mammography Quality Standards Act (during 1992) to ensure that mammography facilities throughout the country are reliable and high in overall quality. To lawfully perform mammography, each facility must prominently display a certificate issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This certificate serves as evidence that the facility meets quality standards.

To those thousands of people across our nation who have been affected by breast cancer in some way, shape, or form—especially those in our own communities—iSurf News would like to commend your courage and strength in the face of hardships both won and lost. Breast Cancer is a powerful adversary, yet our nation can combat the potentially deadly foe through knowledge, understanding, courage, perseverance, and hope. And that’s what National Breast Cancer Awareness is all about.

Though the information presented above is a mere drop in the bucket when it comes to understanding the disease, you can find a plethora of facts—such as treatment options, risk factors, and more—by visiting the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month’s official website at http://www.nbcam.org/. In addition, donating to a cancer organization of your choice can many times aid in supporting cancer related research and beyond. For example, the American Cancer Society is a great place to start (www.cancer.org). You can also find many local cancer-related groups in our own community via the site.

Also, you can take a look at one how one local group decided to help support the Race For the Cure by clicking the following iSurf News link: MNHHS Team Walks with Over 15,000 in Race for the Cure.

Luke Short
iSurf News
Information provided by the American Cancer Society and NBCAM.org

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