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Pink Ribbon: National Breastcancer Awareness Month October

Geschreven op 2-10-2009 - Erik van Erne. Geplaatst in Agenda, Gezondheid
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breast_cancer_awarenessIn de maand oktober wordt er wereldwijd aandacht besteed aan borstkanker. Het initiatief van Evelyn Lauder uit 1992 is inmiddels uitgegroeid tot een wereldwijd evenement met een enorm scala aan activiteiten.

We zijn inmiddels toe aan de 25e editie van  de Breastcancer Awareness Month en er is goed nieuws.  Uit een nieuwe rapportage van de American Cancer Society blijkt dat het aantal gevallen van borstkanker sinds 1990 met 2% per jaar afneemt.

Helaas zijn er ook een heel aantal conclusies uit het rapport waar we minder blij mee zijn en die nog eens benadrukken dat meer aandacht voor borstkanker absoluut noodzakelijk is.

Highlights of Breast Cancer Facts & Figures 2009-2010 include:

•In 2009, an estimated 192,370 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Excluding cancers of the skin, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States, accounting for more than 1 in 4 cancers diagnosed.

•An estimated 40,170 women are expected to die from the disease in 2009. Only lung cancer accounts for more cancer deaths in women.

•In January 2006 (the latest year for which figures are available), approximately 2.5 million women living in the U.S. had a history of breast cancer. Most of them were cancer-free, while others still had evidence of cancer and may have been undergoing treatment.

•Between 2002 and 2003, a sharp decline in breast cancer incidence rates occurred in the U. S., particularly among women aged 50 to 69. This decrease is likely a result of the rapid drop in menopausal hormone use that began in 2002. Breast cancer incidence rates have remained relatively stable since 2003.

•While incidence rates have declined for white women, breast cancer incidence rates have remained relatively stable for African American women. The lack of a decline in African Americans may be due to the lack of a significant decrease in mammography screening rates and/or historically lower rates of menopausal hormone use.

•Although overall breast cancer incidence rates are lower in African American than white women, African American women have higher incidence rates of distant stage disease; are more likely to be diagnosed with larger tumors; and are more likely to die from the disease.

•Breast cancer mortality rates have declined steadily since 1990. The drop in mortality has been larger women under 50 (3.2% per year) than among women over 50 (2.0% per year).

•From 1997-2006, female breast cancer death rates declined by 1.9% per year in non-Hispanic whites and Hispanics/Latinas, 1.6% per year in African Americans, and 0.6% per year among Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders. Death rates have remained unchanged among and American Indians/Alaska Natives.

•There is clear evidence that mammography reduces the risk of dying from breast cancer. After increasing for many years, the percentage of women aged 40 years and older who report having had a mammogram has dropped. According to survey data, 51.2 % of women 40 or older have had a mammogram within the past year.

•Modifiable factors associated with an increased risk of breast cancer include postmenopausal obesity, menopausal hormone use, physical inactivity, and alcohol consumption of two or more drinks per day.

“The steady drop in the breast cancer death rate means that this year alone, about 15,000 breast cancer deaths were avoided that would have occurred had rates not begun to drop,” said John R. Seffrin, Ph.D., chief executive officer of the American Cancer Society. “Since the early 1990s, that decline adds up to more than 130,000 grandmothers, mothers, and daughters who were alive, perhaps to celebrate another birthday, and even to go on to live a full, rich life.”

“While there is much to celebrate in the fight against cancer, this report is also a strong reminder that far too many women still die of breast cancer and of the work yet to be done,” said Elizabeth “Terry” T.H. Fontham, M.P.H., Dr.P.H., American Cancer Society national volunteer president. “We need to make sure all women have access to information to help them reduce their risk and to resources to ensure early detection and the best possible treatment.” Source:  Cancer Statistics 2009

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  1. Erik van Erne zegt:

    27 oktober 2010 om 00:06 | Permalink

    Breast Cancer Awareness Month by The Big Picture

    October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM), when public service groups, medical professionals, government agencies and others work to promote awareness of the disease. Promoting awareness involves education about prevention and treatments, fundraising efforts to help find cures, and support for survivors and those dealing directly with the disease. Breast cancer is the fifth deadliest form of cancer worldwide, and on this 25th anniversary of NBCAM, the organization that started it wants to remind women everywhere to practice regular breast self-exams and to schedule regular visits and annual mammograms with their health care provider. (22 photos total)

  2. Erik van Erne zegt:

    10 februari 2014 om 12:57 | Permalink

    Berdien Stenbergs stille strijd tegen borstkanker

    Ineens voelde zij een knobbeltje in haar borst. En dat terwijl zij nog niet zo lang daarvoor een vriendin verloren had aan kanker. De wereldberoemde fluitiste Berdien Stenberg schreef een openhartig boek over haar borstkanker die ze voor haar zoontje van zes verborgen hield. “Wat kan zo’n jongetje met de kennis van die ziekte? Niets.” En dus besloot ze te zwijgen. Pas als haar pruik af was, toen haar zoontje binnen kwam lopen, vertelt ze op een simpele manier wat er met haar aan de hand is.

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