Early Detection of Breast Cancer is Your Best Chance
Early detection of cancer is crucial to the course of treatment and can increase the chances of a successful outcome.
Cancer prevention (not just in February) is critical to lowering the risk of getting cancer. There are many factors that are out of your control, like certain environmental factors. Yet, there are many actions you can take to help prevent and lower the risk of getting cancer.
According to the CDC, in 2015 New York had the 4th highest rate of new cases of cancer in America.
That’s why LI2DAY supports programs that help with early detection like education to promote early diagnosis and screening.
Breast cancer can be found early and without any symptoms. That is why it is critical to have regular breast cancer screenings.
Cancer does not discriminate and therefore, LI2DAY funds programs that encompass multi-cultural, socioeconomic and age-specific populations.
Some groups of people have been identified who are more likely to be diagnosed with certain cancers. LI2DAY raises much-needed funds for local grassroots organizations who reach out to these special populations to spread the message of early detection, advocate for access to cancer screening and tests for those under-insured or not insured at all.
LI2DAY funding has provided services to the African American community and over 1,583 Spanish speaking women and families.
LI2DAY would love to see cancer eradicated but while we are waiting for a cure our organization will continue to support initiatives that promote education, early detection, and research so that patients are screened and treated.
Our fundraising initiatives provide grants for programs that help fight cancer. #jointhemovement to see how we’re making a difference.
4 Steps to Early Detection
1. Check yourself
If you feel a lump in your breast, try not to panic. Often lumps are not breast cancer, but some other benign (non-cancerous) condition.
Giving yourself an examination is the quickest and is often the earliest prevention of breast cancer.
Forty percent of diagnosed breast cancers are detected by women who feel a lump, so establishing a regular breast self-exam is very important.
2. Get Screened
Screening tests include exams, mammographies, and MRIs. Screening is very important for all women.
Mammography is the most effective screening used today. Starting at the age of 40, you should have a scheduled mammogram with your physician.
3. Family History
As you get older, your risk of breast cancer goes up. About 5%-10% of breast cancer cases are thought to be hereditary.
BRACA1 and BRACA2 gene mutation are the most common cause of hereditary breast cancer.
If you have inherited a mutated copy of this gene from a parent, you have a higher risk of developing breast cancer.
It is important to note, however, that about 8 out of 10 women who get breast cancer do not have a family history of breast cancer. But those women who have a close relative (mother, sister, or grandmother) with breast cancer have a higher risk.
There are other factors that can be involved too, such as ethnicity, race, and women who have more menstrual cycles (starting early and going through menopause after the age of 55).
4. Control What You Can
There are some really easy and everyday ways you can help prevent, from how you eat to just getting up and moving around throughout the day.
Check out 5 Everyday Ways to Change Your Lifestyle
You can help your community and join LI2DAY to support programs that help with early detection like education to promote early diagnosis and screening. Over the last 14-years, LI2DAY funded education and awareness programs that have helped more than 49,663 Long Islanders through brochures, health fairs, and wellness programs.
Hospital and Medical Centers use LI2DAY funds to purchase digital equipment, provided mammograms, and procedures not covered by insurance or for the uninsured – assisting over 46,698 women and men with early detection and services at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center Women’s Health & Resource Center, South Nassau Communities Hospital and Ellen Hermanson Breast Center at Southampton Hospital.
Over the years, there have been advancements in screening and science with an understanding of cancer cells and response to treatment methods. LI2DAY supports local research and has provided cancer research grants in the amount of $297,300 to fund cutting-edge research at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory aimed at developing new diagnostics, preventative strategies, and therapies for cancer.