Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

In the past decade, 200+ women received mammograms to screen and detect breast cancer.

78 women received breast ultrasounds.

Two women received complete breast cancer treatments.

17 breast cancer patients at Firelands Regional Medical Center received mastectomies and surgical procedures.

125 patients received massage therapy and acupuncture to help with the side effects of chemotherapy.

580 patients and their families received nutrition and transportation assistance.

Because of funds raised by the Foundation for Firelands Mammogram and Breast Cancer Fund, these numbers prove that we are making strides against breast cancer, year by year, day after day. Every effort adds up to impact the lives of hundreds of women going through a breast cancer diagnosis and treatment at the UH Seidman Cancer Center at Firelands Regional Medical Center.

You can help us continue making strides against breast cancer by participating in Firelands’ upcoming “Save Your Pumpkins 5K” race and walk.making strides against breast cancer

The event will take place on Saturday, October 21 at 9 a.m. It will begin at Battery Park at 701 E. Water Street in Sandusky, and the cost to participate is a donation of your choice rather than an entry fee.

Awards will be given for Top Overall Male and Female runners and walkers, as well as the top three in each age group. Each participant who registers by Friday, September 29 will receive a complimentary T-shirt in the size of their choice. Those who register after this date will receive a T-shirt depending on availability on race day.

All proceeds will benefit The Foundation for Firelands and Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Northwest Ohio. The Foundation for Firelands Mammogram and Breast Cancer Fund provides area residents with breast health services like mammograms, diagnostic screenings, medications during treatment, and support for patients and families going through a breast cancer diagnosis. Funds also provide surgical patients with a post-mastectomy camisole and an informational book on surviving breast cancer. Donations from friends and family who do not wish to race, but would still like to support the cause, are encouraged.

Register for the “Save Your Pumpkins 5K” today!

Breast Cancer Fast Facts

Breast cancer incidence rates in the U.S. began decreasing in the year 2000, after increasing for the previous two decades. They dropped by 7 percent from 2002 to 2003 alone. One theory is that this decrease was partially due to the reduced use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) by women after the results of a large study called the Women’s Health Initiative were published in 2002. These results suggested a connection between HRT and increased breast cancer risk.

As of March 2017, there are more than 3.1 million women with a history of breast cancer in the U.S. This includes women currently being treated and women who have finished treatment.

A woman’s risk of breast cancer nearly doubles if she has a first-degree relative (mother, sister, daughter) who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Less than 15 percent of women who get breast cancer have a family member diagnosed with it.

Taking a Proactive Stance with Breast Cancer

The most proactive, preventive step you can take regarding breast cancer is following screening recommendations. According to Susan G. Komen, after mammography was shown to be an effective breast cancer screening tool in the late 1980s, the use of screening mammography in the U.S. quickly increased. In 1987, 29 percent of women 40 years and older reported having a mammogram within the past two years. By 2000, mammography use increased to 70 percent. But since 2000, there has been a slight decline in mammography use for reasons that remain unknown.

In addition, women who don’t have health insurance are much less likely to have a yearly mammogram compared to women who do. Within the past two years, 68 percent of women with health insurance had a mammogram, but only 31 percent of women without health insurance did. Currently, the Affordable Care Act requires all new health insurance plans (since September 2010) to cover yearly mammography (with no co-payment) for women ages 40 and older, and with help from the Foundation for Firelands’ Mammogram and Breast Cancer Fund, many women can access the mammograms they need to take a proactive approach to breast cancer.

Do you know when to have a mammogram? According to the American Cancer Society, women should consider a 2D or 3D mammogram when they reach the following ages:

  • Women ages 40 to 44 should have the choice to start annual breast cancer screening with mammograms.
  • Women age 45 to 54 should get mammograms every year.
  • Women 55 and older should switch to mammograms every 2 years, or can continue yearly screening. Screening should continue as long as a woman is in good health and is expected to live 10 more years or longer.

Don’t put it off any longer. Be a part of the team making strides against breast cancer. Learn more about scheduling your 3D mammogram today.