October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This year, an estimated 266,120 women and 2,500 men will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. No one is certain what causes breast cancer, but researchers agree that early detection is the foundation of breast cancer treatment. When diagnosed in the early stages, breast cancer is much more likely to be treatable and curable. Since 1990, mammograms have reduced breast cancer deaths by 40 percent.
Early Detection of Eye Disease Means Early Intervention
Early detection is also imperative when it comes to eye disease. The leading causes of vision loss in the United States are cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic eye disease. Often, these diseases do not have noticeable symptoms in the early stages, so yearly comprehensive eye exams are essential for early detection and intervention.
Eye Disease Awareness Months
Did you know that each of the eye diseases listed above also has a month dedicated to promoting awareness and screening?
- Diabetes Awareness Month/Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month — November
- Glaucoma Awareness Month — January
- Macular Degeneration Awareness Month — February
- Cataract Awareness Month — June
We can work together to increase awareness of age-related eye diseases and emphasize the importance of early detection.
The Power of Screening
Regular comprehensive eye exams with dilation are the most effective way to detect eye disease at an early, treatable stage. Unfortunately, many Americans are not current on their eye exams. The CDC estimates that only half of the estimated 61 million U.S. adults who are at elevated risk for vision loss have seen an eye doctor in the past year.
Share Your Story
Your story also has a powerful impact on people around you. If you have recently been diagnosed with an eye disease or are receiving treatment for an eye condition, would you share your story on Your Sight Matters? Click here to share a testimonial about your experience, or tell the story of a friend or loved one. Perhaps you just had a comprehensive eye exam and you would like to explain the impact that it had on your understanding of your vision health. Your voice makes a difference, so please consider sharing.
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