Sonomammogram. The word sounds so intimidating. What do we do with intimidating words? We either avoid using them or try to understand them more. I got acquainted with the word a few months ago when I took a sonomammogram.
I come from a family where breast cancer is becoming quite a common scare. In addition to genetics, a lot of environmental factors like stress add up to the probably higher chances of getting breast cancer.
Striking facts to face:
Breast cancer patients are getting younger.
Breast cancer is the leading killer of women ages 35 to 54 worldwide. More than a million women develop breast cancer without knowing it and almost 500,000 die from it every year.
1 out of 13 Filipino women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime.
The Philippines has the highest incidence rate of breast cancer in Asia.
- Philippine Breast Cancer Network
This is a reality I have acknowledged. The next step was to do something about it.