It is so great to see such an uprising in awareness of ALS and donations donated to the cause with the latest trend of the “Ice Bucket Challenge”. The Ice Bucket Challenge has raised millions for the cause and has went viral across Social Media.
Here are some quick reference facts about ALS:
• Most people who develop ALS are between the ages of 40 and 75, with the majority after age 60, although it can occur at a younger age.
• The disease is relatively rare; the incidence is roughly 2 people per 100,000 per year.
• Most surveys hold that ALS is more common in men than women, though that gap may be closing.
• The incidence of ALS is five times higher than Huntington’s disease and about half that of multiple sclerosis.
• While there’s no cure, riluzole therapy improves ALS survival for typical patients by a short period of time, around four to six months.
• ALS occurs throughout the world with no obvious racial, ethnic or socioeconomic boundaries.
The purpose of this post is not to take away from ALS, but simply to point out that there are many other diseases out there that need your awareness and help. Dust Bunnies of Erie has provided FREE house cleaning services to women with Cancer for the last 6 years through a foundation called Cleaning for a Reason.
Breast Cancer Awareness
October is coming up soon and October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same. We have made a lot of progress but still have a long way to go and need your help!
Here are some quick reference facts about Breast Cancer:
- About 1 in 8 U.S. women (just over 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.
- In 2013, an estimated 232,340 new cases of invasive breast cancer were expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 64,640 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer.
- About 2,240 new cases of invasive breast cancer were expected to be diagnosed in men in 2013. A man’s lifetime risk of breast cancer is about 1 in 1,000.
- 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% 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.
- About 39,620 women in the U.S. were expected to die in 2013 from breast cancer, though death rates have been decreasing since 1989 — with larger decreases in women under 50. These decreases are thought to be the result of treatment advances, earlier detection through screening, and increased awareness.
- For women in the U.S., breast cancer death rates are higher than those for any other cancer, besides lung cancer.
- Besides skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women. Just under 30% of cancers in women are breast cancers.
- In 2013, there were more than 2.8 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 approximately doubles if she has a first-degree relative (mother, sister, daughter) who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. About 15% of women who get breast cancer have a family member diagnosed with it.
- About 5-10% of breast cancers can be linked to gene mutations (abnormal changes) inherited from one’s mother or father. Mutations of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes are the most common. Women with a BRCA1 mutation have a 55-65% risk of developing breast cancer before age 70, and often at a younger age that it typically develops. For women with a BRCA2 mutation, this risk is 45%. An increased ovarian cancer risk is also associated with these genetic mutations. In men, BRCA2 mutations are associated with a lifetime breast cancer risk of about 6%; BRCA1 mutations are a less frequent cause of breast cancer in men.
- About 85% of breast cancers occur in women who have no family history of breast cancer. These occur due to genetic mutations that happen as a result of the aging process and life in general, rather than inherited mutations.
- The most significant risk factors for breast cancer are gender (being a woman) and age (growing older).
Donations for this cause is needed. If you would like to make a donation to Breast Cancer and our cause, you may do so by either stopping by our office at 3915 Main Street, Erie, Pa 16511, or using the newly created PayPal button to donate. Please make sure your information is visible and we will provide recognition on our website and with your permission our Facebook page.