I delayed my mammogram due to COVID. “I never thought I would get cancer”
February is National Cancer Prevention Month. It is essential to pay attention to it. Why? Because you really don’t want to get cancer. I know this because last June I was diagnosed with stage 2A breast cancer.
Like many women, I had delayed my mammogram for a few months due to COVID concerns. I never thought I would get cancer. After all, I’m not that old (56 now) and lead a healthy life. But cancer is tricky, it sometimes affects people who are otherwise healthy, and it’s far too common. One in eight women in America has breast cancer. And in Connecticut alone, an estimated 22,810 people will be diagnosed and 6,400 will die of cancer this year. These are frightening numbers. The important thing to remember is that 50% of cancer diagnoses and about 50% of cancer deaths can be prevented! And early detection is a key part of the strategy to keep people healthy.