One simple test can help save lives
Marking Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the ICA partnered with Onlife Website to launch a Facebook Page (in Hebrew) aimed at reaching every woman in Israel, to inform both women and men that everyone can potentially save lives.
No, you don't have to write where you'll be travelling this year, or where you keep your purse (these are common breast cancer campaigns that have been launched on Facebook in previous years).
So what's this all about (for women and men)?
When it comes to breast cancer, early detection can save lives. It's a simple fact. The more we diagnose the disease at its early stages, the higher the cure rates - reaching 90% and higher.
So what do we recommend?
It is recommended that women aged 50 and older undergo a mammography screening once every two years.
Women over the age of 40 with a "family history" should be checked once a year.
BRCA1/2 mutation carriers should undergo an MRI screening.
Breast self-examinations have not been proven to be effective; however it is recommended that every woman be aware of any unusual changes in her body and breasts and should any lumps/changes be detected, she should proceed immediately to her general practitioner.
Here are photos of several women who have already been photographed and posted their photos on the Facebook wall:
"I listened to my body, I checked myself, got myself checked, got cancer!Early detection can save your life!"
"Too big, too small? Our only worries should be about their size.....(I'm going to get myself checked right away!)"
"Isn't it better to be alive? Go get yourself checked!"
"I don't want to survive - I want to live! And you? Go get yourself checked!"
"I am aware and I get myself checked. My sister survived breast cancer."