In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month I post a blog each day with a reflection about breast cancer. The reflections all stem from something in the play. (All quotes are from lines in the play).
Day 6: Age Matters “You see Susan’s mother died of metastasized breast cancer at the age of 56, Susan is 54. I understand the outcome is inevitable.” The Actual Dance
Susan’s and my breast cancer journey started when we were 21 years old in 1967. That is when Susan’s mother passed away from her breast cancer – about one-year after we got married. It made an indelible mark on us and Susan was constantly aware of her need to be checked for lumps and to have an annual mammogram.
It is easy though for young people to not think about tests such as this. There is also ever changing advice about when one should get a mammogram. Of course the Simon family is acutely aware now, and we have a daughter in her mid-forties and three young granddaughters.
It is very important especially for women with family history to have mammograms even in their early years. Are you AWARE of your family history? Women, are you telling your daughters your own breast health history?
Stats of the Day: About 11% of all breast cancer cases in the United States are found in women younger than 45 years of age, according to the Center for Disease Control.
Task of the Day: Talk Breasts with your daughters. Use October Breast Awareness Month to make all the young women in your family AWARE of Breast Cancer and what it is and how to check on it and answer their questions.
Resource of the Day: The CDC has a campaign around reaching young women. They call it Bring Your Brave.
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