Old Joe Goes Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Research shows that the earlier breast cancer is detected, the better the outcome, so the NZBCF is reminding women this month of the importance of being breast-aware and of going for their mammograms.

GISBORNE people are asked to support The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation's Pink Ribbon Appeal today and Saturday.

In more than 500 U.S. counties, that study found, mammography screening programs were linked with more diagnoses of smaller breast cancers - but not with fewer deaths or with fewer larger breast cancers (which theoretically would be prevented by finding the disease early through screening).

That's especially troubling because 40 years ago, black women were less likely to get breast cancer.

Between 2010 and 2014, death rates decreased by slightly more than 2% for black and white women younger than age 50.

Most physicians who treat cancer patients still use standard guidelines regarding screening and think that this will not only help find cancers at an earlier stage and save lives but have other benefits as well. If you have questions about an early detection plan for yourself, contact the nurse navigator at Mission Hope Cancer Center for more information at 805-346-3405.

Jeff Davis Parish has the chance to make a difference in the lives of those have died or are living with breast cancer. The American Cancer Society calls the study misleading and confusing for women.

Approximately 221,000 breast cancers were diagnosed in women of any race each year during the period from 2009 through 2013.

She's director of the division of cancer prevention and control at the CDC. Stewart is a 15-year survivor of breast cancer survivor and she continues to lead the efforts to raise funds to support mammograms to women in Jasper County.

That said, it is an individual decision, and women who are between the ages of 40 and 49 should talk to their doctor about when to start and how often to get a mammogram, the task force suggests.

Women can take steps to help reduce their breast cancer risk by knowing their family history of cancer, being physically active, eating a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight, and getting recommended cancer screenings. An additional type of screening, such as ultrasound, offers a closer, more accurate way to find cancer.

Above all else, she said, women need to talk to their health care providers about mammograms.

  • Archie Newman