Disclosure: This post is part of a sponsored campaign with Philips Healthcare. All opinions stated are my own.
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It’s been two years since I first noticed something wasn’t quite right. In the middle of a monthly self-examination, I felt what seemed to be a firm lump in my breast. Although I started to panic a little, I knew to call my gynecologist. They scheduled me for an appointment and I went. The nurse practitioner asked me a lot of questions. She proceeded to schedule me for an ultrasound since I’m a little too young for a mammogram. I was really worried. Cancer runs in my family and I have to be extra careful and I knew this was very, very serious.
A week later I found myself in a radiology center waiting to get undressed again but this time the technician would take images for further investigation. I went from worried to being really scared. What if? What’s going on? I took a few deep breaths and just laid down and went ahead with the ultrasound. Thank goodness, the tests came back okay but I’ve been told I need to go for ultrasounds every 6 months until I can get a mammogram.
This kind of thing is hard to talk about, let alone follow through with it but it’s my health, it’s my family and my future that depends on me being aware and taking care of myself.
For Breast Cancer Awareness month, Philips Healthcare is launching its second global campaign to help raise awareness about the importance of early detection of breast cancer screening. Philips is hoping to Educate women about the importance of early screening and detection while Empowering them to ask the right questions that will help them make the right choices, and to Encourage them to talk to their doctor to get screened today.
Each year, nearly 1.4 million women are diagnosed with breast cancer. (Source: GLOBOCAN 2008)
Breast cancer is more common in post-menopausal women; however, people of any age can get breast cancer. Women under the age of 50, make up 25% of breast cancer cases. (source : Breast Cancer Society)
Breast Cancer Doesn’t Run In Your Family…
It is possible to pinpoint risk factors, i.e. inherited gene mutations, family history, and then makes lifestyle changes that reduce risks. However, breast cancer is not preventable and largely occurs by chance. Around 70% of women diagnosed with breast cancer did not possess identifiable risk factors. (source : Breast Cancer Society)
Mammography is the most effective method of early detection. Studies show that mammograms can spot tumors up to three years before they might be detectable by feel, greatly improving the prognosis. Early detection of breast cancer also means a wider range of treatment options, including less aggressive surgery and adjuvant therapy (source : Breast Cancer Society)
When detected early, the five-year survival rate for breast cancer is 98 percent.
You Don’t Want To Get Bad News…
Mammograms can spot tumors up to two years before you can feel them. Or that when detected early, the five-year survival rate for breast cancer is 98 percent (American Cancer Society)
You’re Just Too Busy…
Despite these facts – only half of U.S. women ages 40 and older got an annual mammogram last year (Medco Health Solutions Inc.)
You Believe A Mammogram Will Hurt or Be Too Uncomfortable…
MICRODOSE MAMMOGRAPHY – Philips Mammography Solutions
Philips collaborates with clinicians and researchers to deliver the highest level of personalized care to women – especially those touched by breast cancer. Philips’ low-dose, advanced breast screening and targeted, image-guided diagnostic and treatment solutions are designed to be comfortable, accurate and tailored to the unique needs of women.
Philips Micro Dose mammography provides outstanding images at an 18 to 50 percent lower radiation dose compared with other full field digital mammography systems,1,2,3,4 with an average dose reduction of 40 percent*. The significantly lower dose levels are derived from the unique Philips Micro Dose photon counting detector technology – a direct way to capture individual X-rays without conversion steps, significantly reducing additional noise.
Philip goes Pink!
Philips Color Kinetics will illuminate US buildings pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To show your support, visit a local illumination and share a picture with us at @PhilipsHealth @ColorKinetics using #PhilipsBCA and #PINK.
For a list of participating locations, please visit: http://bit.ly/
Illumination Locations Around The Country
- 1000 Main St – Houston, TX
- 5 Cambridge Center (Google) – Cambridge, MA
- Atlantic Wharf – Boston, MA
- Bank of America Pavilion – Boston, MA
- Con Edison Building – New York, NY
- Davis Building – Dallas, TX
- Gulf Tower – Pittsburgh, PA
- Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) – Los Angeles, CA
- NC State University Student Center – North Carolina
- Philips Color Kinetics Building – Boston, MA (Burlington)
- Prudential Center – Boston, MA
- Street Seats – Boston, MA
- TD Bank Garden – Boston, MA
- Terminal Tower – Cleveland, OH
- The Mall at Millenia – Orlando, FL
Join the movement. Follow, “Like” and support this initiative.
- Twitter: @PhilipsHealth
- Facebook: PhilipsHealth
- Instagram: PhilipsHealth
- LinkedIn: Philips Healthcare
- For more Information, please visit: http://bit.ly/PhilipsBCA13
One lucky reader will win a $75 gift card!
HOW TO ENTER:
Mandatory Entry: The reason I’m doing this giveaway is because I want to spread the word about this great cause as best as I can.
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*Giveaway is only open to US residents (48 contiguous states) and 18+ and up.*
This giveaway ends
October 27, 2013 November 1st at 12:00 P.M.
About Philips Healthcare
At Philips Healthcare, we are dedicated to creating the future of health care and saving lives. We develop innovative solutions across the continuum of care in partnership with clinicians and our customers to improve patient outcomes, provide better value and expand access to care. Philips is a world leader in cardiology, and with a strong presence in cardio-pulmonary, oncology and mammography, we are well positioned to help clinicians diagnose, treat and manage today’s most prevalent diseases such as congestive heart failure, breast and other cancers, respiratory and other coronary artery diseases as quickly, effectively and efficiently as possible. Our focus is on understanding the continuum of care from hospital to home – choosing to participate in the areas where we can add significant value.
We believe clinical excellence and continuous innovation around the patient experience can fundamentally change healthcare as we know it. Our competitive advantage lies in our clinical perspective, the broad clinical subject-matter expertise within the company, as well as the deep clinical relationships we have with our customer base.
Don’t wait for a scare, get screened today.