Women’s Health Can’t Wait
This post is sponsored by Biotheranostics, Inc. (Breast Cancer Index™). Thoughts and opinions are my own.
In April 2019, my friend Marta was diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer. It was found during a routine mammogram. She was supposed to have the mammogram the year before, but she put it off. Her son was having his bar mitzvah, her husband was traveling, her daughter needed help with school, her job was stressful, the list went on. When she quit the stressful job she made a promise to herself to get caught up on all her tests. That promise may have saved her life.
I’ve been thinking a lot about Marta lately because I wonder what would have happened if the timeline had been one year later. What if Marta had continued to put off her mammogram until March 2020, when many clinics and offices temporarily closed? We’ll never know how many women did just that. I do know several women who have put off routine medical care from dentist appointments to pap smears, flu shots, and yes, mammograms. Some women just feel overwhelmed by the stress of homeschooling and worrying about their families’ health. Others don’t like the idea of sitting in a waiting room with other people. Or, as one woman said to me, “I know it’s safe, but I just can’t handle sitting there and then having a mammogram while wearing a mask. Ugh!”
Putting off our health needs to care for others is a perennial problem for women, but the pandemic has made it worse. We all need to remember that we matter, too. It’s important not only to get these initial screening tests but to make sure you understand the results of your tests. That’s one of the reasons I’m working with the maker of Breast Cancer Index (BCI).
WHAT IS THE BREAST CANCER INDEX TEST?
Breast Cancer Index is a test that looks at your initial tumor sample to provide two pieces of information:
- Whether an additional 5 years of anti-estrogen therapy is likely to help reduce your risk of the cancer returning (recurrence) as metastatic disease
- Your individual risk of recurrence between 5 and 10 years after your initial diagnosis, which is presented as a percentage risk [e.g., 3.2% or 7.5%].
Marta has shared with me that her tumor was tested with BCI and that it’s because of her results that she and her oncologist were able to confidently make a long-term treatment plan. Which has empowered Marta to feel confident that being on anti-estrogen therapy for 5 years is sufficient to help prevent a recurrence.
I will be sharing more about Breast Cancer Index with you in the coming weeks with you. Please check back in to support all women, both those who have been affected by breast cancer and those who haven’t. It’s important that we educate our sisters about their options. In the meantime, learn more about the Breast Cancer Index by visiting breastcancerindex.com and follow #notanotherminute on social media.
Please, take care of yourself. Make sure to stay up to date on all your regular and preventative tests and treatments. YOU matter.