October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same. We have made a lot of progress but still have a long way to go and need your help!
The goal of screening exams for early breast cancer detection is to find cancers before they start to cause symptoms. Screening refers to tests and exams used to find a disease, such as cancer, in people who do not have any symptoms. Early detection means using an approach that lets breast cancer get diagnosed earlier than otherwise might have occurred.
Breast cancers that are found because they are causing symptoms tend to be larger and are more likely to have already spread beyond the breast. In contrast, breast cancers found during screening exams are more likely to be smaller and still confined to the breast. The size of a breast cancer and how far it has spread are some of the most important factors in predicting the prognosis (outlook) of a woman with this disease.
Most doctors feel that early detection tests for breast cancer save thousands of lives each year, and that many more lives could be saved if even more women and their health care providers took advantage of these tests. Following the American Cancer Society’s guidelines for the early detection of breast cancer improves the chances that breast cancer can be diagnosed at an early stage and treated successfully.
Why Purview Is Important
- Except for skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer for American women. Over 230,000 cases are estimated to be diagnosed this year.
- Early detection is key. Part of early detection is being able to compare your screening mammograms, which can be difficult to obtain if you’ve had imaging at different facilities or in different States. Controlling your images empowers you to have the best care possible.
- According to the National Institute of Health, comparison with prior mammograms improves overall performance of reading and diagnosing cancer.
During the month of October, Purview will provide 1-year of Premium Access for free to those users who upload a current screening mammogram. To be considered for this promotion, simply send an E-mail to email@example.com requesting your free account.