Aaliyah James ’21
Breast cancer remains a prominent issue within America, with an estimated 246,660 new cases of breast cancer expected to be diagnosed this year. Efforts throughout the world have been made to raise money to fund research for breast cancer research. In fact, this year Brooklyn Tech’s American Cancer Society Chapter held a Pink Week. Pink ribbons were sold during lunch periods to help raise money for breast cancer research.
Breast cancer, along with lung cancer, is one of the most common cancers to causes the of American women. However, research conducted by the International Research institute in Lyon, France, showed that an overall 83% of countries showed a decline in the mortality rates of people with breast cancer since the 1980s. The mortality rate in the U.S. has dropped by 42% since the 1980s. Data has also shown that in women under the age of 50, the mortality rate has also decreased dramatically to record lows.
Evidence has shown that the development of better drugs and cancer treatments along with early testing are responsible for the decline in mortality rates in breast cancer patients.
There have been more developments in the research of breast cancer in America since the 1980’s, contributing to the discoveries and inventions such as mammography screening which has proved to be essential to the fight against breast cancer. Mammography screening is a method used by oncologist to detect any signs of breast cancer in women. To do mammography screening, mammograms are required to take pictures x-ray pictures of the breast.
Mammograms may be uncomfortable to some women, mammograms prove to be very important in diagnosing breast cancer. Mammograms are the most efficient and accurate way of detecting breast cancer in its early stages, when symptoms of this disease are not apparent. Women between the ages of 40 and 50 years old are encouraged to get regular mammograms every two years, to ensure there’s no abnormal activity going on in their breast. It has been shown that having regular mammograms can lower the mortality rate of breast cancer. Mammograms don’t prevent breast cancer, however they do provide valuable information that allows for breast cancer to be detected during its early stages. By diagnosing breast cancer in its early stages, the chances of survival increases and the risk of women dying from breast cancer also decreases.
The chances of a teenager developing breast cancer is extremely rare, however having the basic understanding of breast cancer and its course can significantly lower the mortality rate of breast cancer. The more a girl knows about breast cancer, the more prepared and responsible they will be when they grow older.
As fellow teacher stated “Some of the most powerful and strong women I know, are those who had to fight to get where they’re. It’s these women with breast cancer, who are able to fight the everlasting war with cancer. It’s these women who are truly strong”.
Future research is needed to ensure that in the coming years the mortality rate of breast cancer continues to decrease. Samia Alam ’21 says “Although I personally don’t know anyone who had breast cancer, my heart goes out for all the women who suffer from breast cancer”.