By: Joseph Green

The month of October is known as BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH. Which was established in October 1985. About 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of their lifetime. As of January 2021, there are more than 3.8 million women with a history of breast cancer in the U.S. This includes women currently being treated and women who have finished treatment. According to the world health organization breast cancer became the most common cancer globally.

Black women under the age of 45 are more likely to be diagnosed and die from breast cancer. However according to the National Cancer Institute doctors most often diagnose breast cancer in women 50 years or older.

The survival rates are based on the stage in which you were diagnosed. 5 year survival rates are as followed: women younger than 45 have a 88% survival rate, women ages 45-54 have a 91% survival rate, women ages 55-64 has a 91% survival rate, women ages 65-74 has a 92% survival rate and women 75 and older has a 86% survival rate. So know this is a beatable disease but you have to get checked regularly by your doctor and do self-exams. You can’t have the “it won’t happen to me attitude.”

I personally do not know anyone who has battled this disease. However I understand that the woman is the mother of civilization. Which means your survival is important. I want to do my part by sharing this information but also sharing words of encouragement to anyone fighting this battle.

I want you to know you’re strong. God doesn’t place anything in your path that you can’t overcome. It is when all hope seems lost that the greatest faith is found. Many women have trained themselves to endure. They have taught themselves to not ask for help. But PLEASE know that you’re not fighting this battle alone. That help is a prayer away. You can win this battle if you stay positive and not give up. Always remember that in some way or another you are somebody’s angel even if you don’t know it. Stay positive and fight with all you have. You can do this 🙂