This month being Breast Cancer Awareness month women must be aware how much at risk they are of getting breast cancer. According to the American Cancer Society Hispanic women are at more risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer at an earlier age and with more aggressive tumors than non-Hispanic women. Initially it was thought that it was due to the lack of health care for Hispanic women but new studies from the University of Colorado Health and Sciences and Kaiser Permanente Colorado show that even Hispanic women who had received healthcare continuously were still at higher risk than non-Hispanic women which may suggest that the condition is biological.
Even more disturbing is that although two-thirds of women detect an abnormality during self-examination about half waited at least a month before going to a doctor to seek medical help according to the American Association for Cancer Research Conference.
Unfortunately many factors are at stake regarding the health of Hispanic women. Many do not have the resources in how to diagnose themselves. They don’t know what they are looking for nor what to do if or when they find something. Yet if an abnormality is found they don’t have the proper healthcare to take care of it nor the funds to pay for treatment. Worst of all many are too afraid to approach their healthcare specialist to find out more information.
The best place to find these answers is the American Cancer Society. Their website www.cancer.org is the most informative to getting all the information needed to understanding breast cancer, its risks, how to self exam and answers to many more questions. They also give step by step information on where to find treatment centers, healthcare and financial assistance, prescription drug assistance, and how to deal with the different doctors and hospitals that will be faced.
Lastly the best way to find out more information on how to beat breast cancer is getting involved in the community. This month many organizations are sponsoring walks and events such as the Susan G. Komen for the Cure held at the Bright House Stadium at UCF on October 17, 2010 (for more information see http://www.komencentralflorida.org )and the Making Strides against Breast Cancer walk on October 23, 2010 (for more information see http://makingstrides.acsevents.org/site/TR/MakingStridesAgainstBreastCancer/MSABCFY11Florida?fr_id=28029&pg=entry ).
Go out and make a difference.