In 2014, I lost my only sister to breast cancer. She battled with the disease for around 5 years, which meant a lot of doctor visits, chemo therapy, high bill costs and a lot of discomfort. But that did not stop or hinder her spirits to keep fighting on and try to beat the cancer that was slowly taking over her body.
Not only did she have the love and support of her family and friends but she also have the great support from an organization, like the Tennessee Breast Cancer Coalition, that provided her with help with paying the bills of some of her doctor visits, gas to get to and from the hospital for her chemo therapy treatments, making sure her rent was paid on time and more.
The Tennessee Breast Cancer Coalition was established in 1995 and since then have been helping hundreds of breast cancer fighters and their families with paying bills, education of the disease, advocacy and also being involved within the community with fund raising and awareness. Below are some hard hitting facts about Breast Cancer.
- Every 3 minutes, a woman in the United States is diagnosed with breast cancer.
- Every 13 minutes a woman in the United States dies from breast cancer.
- Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers. About 1 in 8 (12%) of women in the US will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime.
- Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death in women, after lung cancer.
- Breast cancer accounts for nearly 1 in every 4 cancers diagnosed in US women.
- Approximately 232,670 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women.
- About 40,000 women will die from breast cancer each year.
- You are never too young to develop breast cancer!! Breast self-exams should begin by age 20. Women in their 20s and 30s should have a clinical breast exam as part of a periodic health exam by a health professional, at least every 3 years. Women who are 40 years of age and older, should have a breast exam by a health professional once a year.
- Breast cancer risk increases with age and every woman is at risk. During 2002-2006, woman aged 20-24 had the lowest incidence rate, 1.4 cases per 100,000 women. Women aged 75-79 had the highest incidence rat, 441.9 per 100,000 women.
- Having a first degree relative (mother, sister, or daughter) with breast cancer can double a woman’s risk.
- Less than 15% of women with breast cancer have a family history of the disease.
- African American women have a higher rate of death from breast cancer than any other race.
- In 2014, about 2,360 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in men and about 430 men will die from breast cancer.
Organizations like these really help people battling the disease and their families with providing support for even the smallest of items that most people take for granted. To donate please visit http://www.tbcc.org/donate.htm, every little bit helps.