Breast Cancer Survival
is Possible, Itís Up To You.
Survival is Possible, Itís Up To You.
Each year, approximately 200,000 women in the United States are
diagnosed with breast cancer, and one in nine American women will
develop breast cancer in her lifetime. Even though death rates have
been dropping steadily since 1990, about 40,910 breast cancer deaths
were expected in 2007.
Even though the numbers can be overwhelming, there are many who have
survived this ordeal, and lived to tell their story of struggle and
survival. Early detection and cancer treatment in the beginning stages
of the disease is essential. Most women when diagnosed feel that their
life has come to a screeching halt. In one doctors visit she is now a
cancer patient, and her world has been totally destroyed with no means
of hope. In reality cancer doesnít always mean the end of life, but it
can mean the start of a new life, with substantial adjustments along
One of the main adjustments that have to be made has nothing to do
with medicines or treatments that will be given. The biggest battle
that has to be faced is the battle field of the mind. Depending on
different circumstances and stages of cancer, you can have a long and
productive life. In some cases cancer free, so be positive! Say to
your self "I can survive cancer" donít under estimate being
optimistic; donít decide to give up before you even start. The key to
this personal battle is breast cancer awareness. Remember the old
saying ignorance is bliss? Ignorance in this case can be depressing,
dangerous and fatal.
When I speak of those who are survivors itís not just the patient
themselves. A survivor can also be family members who have loss
someone special to cancer. I can speak from personal experience; my
mother lost her battle with cancer on Sept. 10, 2008.
I canít not describe the pain, sorrow, and deep anguish my family and
I felt when she passed away. I will always know that she would want
all of us to continue with our lives, and encourage others to do the
same. So by writing this article I guess I am following my motherís
My mother was not aware of the symptoms of breast cancer, and if she
cancer treatments earlier, things could have been
different. Well as you know hind sight is always 20/20, and we can not
change the pass. You can however protect your future by breast cancer
prevention; don't put off tomorrow what you can do today. Take time
out of your busy schedule, see your doctor get examined, and have
peace of mind. Life is a special and precious gift we have all
received, don't take it for granted, do all you can to preserve it.
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If you have a
story of a cancer survivor, or a family member who have survived the
lost of a love one, but still would like to encourage those who are
still struggling, please post a comment then tell others about this
blog. We all need each other in this critical time, letís spread the
message of survival and awareness, one step at a time.
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