Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Early detection is key

“I found the lump by mistake.”

“I’ve always performed self exams.”

“They found my tumor about a year and a half before I would have found it myself.”

Inspirational women – women we call our friends and family – have shared with us their stories of breast cancer throughout the past two months. While each tale is different, they are bound by a common thread: early detection.

During October, which is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’re reminding women and men about the critical importance of early detection of breast cancer through self examination and annual mammograms. Some women overlook this because they think are too young or there is no family history of cancer. They couldn’t be more wrong.

• In the U.S., one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer.
• While a woman’s risk of breast cancer nearly doubles if a mother, sister, or daughter has been diagnosed, 70-80
  percent of breast cancers occur in women who have no family history of the disease.
• Even though the most significant risk factors for breast cancer are gender and aging, it can strike at any age.

There is hope
Through research, we are detecting breast cancers earlier and finding better treatments. When found in Stage I, breast cancer will be successfully treated in 90 percent of women. What’s more, the mortality rates from breast cancer have been declining since 1990. We want to keep the momentum going; let’s find a cure.

On Aug. 1, we launched our annual One By One campaign to give to the cause of breast cancer research. We will give $10 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation for every new SECURA MILE-STONE home and auto policy written until Oct. 31, 2011.

Share your story
If you have a story about how breast cancer has impacted your life or would like to read others’ stories, please visit SECURA's Facebook page. One by one, we can win the battle.

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