Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women in the United States. Chances are you know a loved one, or you are a loved one, whose life has been directly affected by the disease. This year it’s estimated that over 200,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer, and almost 65,000 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer, will be diagnosed.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month – Power of Pink
In the 1980’s, October became the official Breast Cancer Awareness Month of the United States and has since been recognized internationally. This month encourages everyone to show support for those impacted by the disease by raising awareness across the world.
The pink ribbon campaign started in 1992 when Este Lauder distributed millions of ribbons to promote breast cancer awareness. The color pink is a symbolic antithesis to the ills of cancer and represents the resilience of femininity. Wearing pink and participating in Breast Cancer Awareness month are an opportunity for us to show the world how serious breast cancer is and to reveal the vast amount of lives it has impacted.
Early Detection and Prevention of Breast Cancer
Part of awareness is the reminder that early detection and prevention of breast cancer are extremely important. Early detection is a primary contributor to a higher rate of remission. So, be proactive and perform self-examinations regularly. Also, seek expert medical advice and please be sure to consult a physician who specializes in mammography. Physicians without the correct specialization may fail to identify breast cancer and its correct stages. In fact, recent statistics show that 71 percent of missed diagnoses occur by unspecialized physicians.
If you believe that you or your loved one has suffered from medical negligence in the form of a missed or delayed diagnosis, please contact the Lieser Law Firm to see how we can help.