October is ‘think pink” with breast cancer awareness taking position as front and center. While breast cancer remains the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women,there is good news in that death rates have fallen by about 1% a year since 2013. This is likely for treatment advances. Screening for breast cancer remains a vital part in the chain of early diagnosis and treatment. The current guidelines can be found here by the American Cancer Society.
Bay area cancer connections is a local group that hosts many support groups and seminars for breast cancer and other cancers. Their calendar can be found here.
Many of us have either personally been affected by breast cancer or know someone that is close to us. We hope to see the rates of breast cancer continue to go down as researchers advance the therapeutics available. There are many organizations who typically organize walk a thons and other events, due to COVID many in person events have been cancelled. The San Francisco Zoo hosted a breast cancer walk on September 26,2021 to raise funds and awareness. If you would like to donate, please visit Susan G. Komen website for more information. For now, keep supporting those in your community who are affected by breast cancer and if you are a woman, please follow the screening guidelines and schedule your mammogram.
Prerana R. Sangani, MD, MPH, September 27, 2021