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National Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Egg Freezing & Fertility Preservation Options Prior to Cancer Treatments

October 25, 2016

During National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we all have a great opportunity to not only educate ourselves about the disease, but to also bring awareness to our friends and family and stress the vital importance of early detection. Check out the statistics below…

  • Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women and is the second leading cause of death among women.
  • One in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. 
  • On average, a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer every two minutes, and every thirteen minutes, one women will die. 
  • Each year, an estimated 246,660 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die. 
  • Although rare, each year an estimated 2,600 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 440 will die.
  • There are over 2.8 million breast cancer survivors alive in the U.S. today. 
  • When detected early (at the localized stage), the 5-year survival rate is 98%. 

One of the main concerns for women going through cancer treatments, especially for reproductive-age women, is whether or not she will be able conceive after the treatments are complete.  Because both chemotherapy and radiation can often damage sperm or eggs, many times patients are left infertile.  Fortunately, egg freezing and fertility preservation options are available at REACH that give women hope and the ability to conceive a child even after going through harsh cancer treatments. 

At REACH’s clinics in Charlotte and Lake Norman, we understand the emotional stress that women go through when faced with cancer, so we have partnered with the Fertile Hope, Livestrong ™ program to provide support and assistance for patients that have opted to freeze eggs or embryos prior to cancer treatment.  For more information about this program, please click here.  If you would like to schedule a consultation to hear more about our egg freezing or fertility preservation procedures, please contact us at (888) 551-0874. 

For information on how you can participate in National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, please click here.


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