Breast cancer awareness is a very personal advocacy for me. I am a 17-year survivor! Indeed I am one of the lucky ones. I have friends that have not been as lucky and have died from the disease. I have heard people say, “Do people still die from breast cancer?” The answer is yes.
Recently Cokie Roberts, a great journalist, died from breast cancer at age 75. Yes she is older than I am but we were both diagnosed in 2002. Although I never met her, but watched her over the years in my living room and read her books, her passing hit me as if she was one more friend taken by the disease!
The Jewish New Year, 5780, starting the evening of September 29th this year, has a traditional component of praying that your name is included in the Book of Life. 10 days after the New Year is Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, which closes the book of life.
Even though many of my friends who passed were not Jewish I still morn their death sand think of their names not being written into the Book of Life on the day they died.
So starting out this New Year of Breast Cancer Awareness there are a few things to remember:
- There is no cure for breast cancer but early detection is 95% effective
- A yearly mammogram is the best form of early detection
- If you have dense breasts, an ultrasound in conjunction with your mammogram gives the clearest results
- Genetic history only accounts for 10% of breast cancer likelihood
- Too many birthdays is the number one reason for a breast cancer diagnosis
As you can see there is nothing you can do about living a life and enjoying birthdays while increasing your chances of breast cancer. What you can do is get a yearly mammogram and live a healthy happy life!
Here’s hoping your name is included for another year in the book of life!!