Coloring October Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

An estimated 268,600 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer this year, and the illness will kill 41,760 women, according to the Susan G. Komen organization.

Through the efforts of many organizations to educate and increase awareness of breast cancer risk and prevention there has been significant improvement in early detection.  The Komen organization reports breast cancer mortality declined 40 percent in the United States from 1989-2016, and that makes efforts such as devoting October to breast cancer awareness important.

Recommendations for detecting breast cancer vary based on risk factors and age, but finding the disease early and getting treatment clearly lead to better outcomes.  The American Cancer Society says women and men who have their breast cancer found early are less likely to need the most aggressive treatments and more likely to be cured.

Personal risk assessments based on family and personal health history can help individuals get informed and talk to their doctor about risk factors for breast cancer.  Family Care Path offers MyLegacy, a genetic and hereditary health risk assessment, that uses proprietary algorithms developed by The Cleveland Clinic Genomic Medicine Institute to generate a cancer risk summary.  A family tree (pedigree) is also constructed and a customized summary of early identification and health management recommendations based on level of risk is provided.  If results indicate a high risk, our genetic counselors at CarePathConnect can provide telegenetic counseling to review appropriate next steps, including genetic testing, if desired.

“Knowledge is Power!” – Dr. Charis Eng

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