Breast Cancer Deaths Continue To DeclineOctober 6, 2021 3:05 pm
All this month we are celebrating survivors of breast cancer and bringing attention to the continued urgent need for screening and early detection so that the numbers of breast cancer deaths continue to decline. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have indicated that while the number of cases of breast cancer continue to rise the number of deaths from the disease continue to decline.
In fact, the CDC reports that over the last 10 years the country has seen a steady decline in the number of deaths due to breast cancer. Each October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and part of the reason for the decline is that more and more women are listening to the experts and getting screened when it is recommended. The best defense against this terrible disease is to catch it early.
As more and more women continue to get early screenings and catch this disease in it’s earliest stages the number of deaths has declined. According to the CDC there is still more work to do and if more screening is done, there are some direct benefits to women’s health including;
- A continued reduction in the number of deaths that are seen from breast cancer each year.
- An increase in life expectancy rates for women who are screened every two years compared to those who are not.
- A decrease in the number of late-stage breast cancer diagnosis.
- An increase in the 5-year survival rate of those women who are diagnosed with the disease.
Believe it or not there is also a financial savings to be had by screening more women more regularly. While conventional wisdom might indicate that paying for more exams would be more costly, the savings come from the fewer and fewer women who get late-stage cancer diagnoses.
All month long our office will be decked out in pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we hope you will join us in spreading the word that getting screened is a woman’s best defense against serious illness or death.