Breast cancer doesn’t wait for anybody, so treatment for it shouldn’t, either. reports that a study by researchers at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center-Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC-James) revealed that women with an advanced stage of the illness who wait for more than 60 days to be treated have higher risk of death than those who do.

Senior author Electra D. Paskett and her team assessed 1,786 females who have been diagnosed with breast cancer between January 1, 2000 and December 31, 2002 based on the North Carolina Cancer Registry-Medicaid Claims. They learned that the average time between diagnosis and treatment was 22 days; 66 percent of the women started their treatment within 30 days, while almost 90 percent started within 60 days.

The unfortunate news is that, for every ten women with the Big C, one will seek treatment well beyond the 60-day period, increasing the risk of death by 85 percent.

Prevention and early detection are still the best ways to fight breast cancer. Regularly do a breast self-exam for any suspicious lumps and masses. Visit your gynecologist at least once a year for medical input, but if you feel that something seems to be wrong, seek professional help right away. Being attentive to what your body has been telling you may just save your life.

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