October is the perfect time to show your “pink” and spread the awareness of breast cancer, not just across Indiana with your stunning breast cancer awareness license plate, but around the planet.  But, before you do that, we want to remind  you of the importance of early detection.

According to the National Cancer Institute, over 220,000 women (and over 2,100 men) will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year.  Thirty-percent will be diagnosed beyond the early, localized stages.  The 5-year survival rate for early stage diagnosis is 98%.

Tips for prevention –

  • Speak to your doctor about breast cancer screenings
  • If you must use hormone therapy, use the lowest dose for the shortest amount of time
  • Limit alcoholic drinks to one per day
  • Exercise for at least 30 minutes on most days
  • Maintain a healthy weight

Remember, early detection is the key.  Be sure to schedule the following screenings –

  • Clinical Breast Exam – Every three years if you’re between the ages of 20 & 39.  Annually if you are over the age of 40.
  • Mammograms – Mammograms are the best tool for early detection.  The American Cancer Society recommends a mammogram annually starting at age 40.

Finally, if you or a loved one needs a mammogram, but are uninsured or under-insured, please check for an IBCAT funded screening program in your community.