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

October 24, 2016
By IVF FLORIDA

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and a great opportunity to bring awareness to the disease and an emphasis on the 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.
  • Today, there are over 2.8 million breast cancer survivors alive in the U.S. 
  • The 5-year survival rate is 98% when detected early (at the localized stage).

No woman should fight breast cancer alone, and every woman should be aware of the risk factors, symptoms, and steps to early detection, as well as the available options when facing cancer treatments.   One of the main concerns for women with breast cancer, especially for women who are of reproductive age, is whether or not she will be able conceive after cancer treatments.  Both chemotherapy and radiation can often damage sperm or eggs, leaving many patients infertile.  Fortunately, egg freezing and fertility preservation are options that give women hope and the ability to conceive a child even after going through harsh cancer treatments. 

At IVF FLORIDA, we are compassionate to the struggle women face when going through cancer treatments, especially when their fertility may be impacted.  That is why we offer expedited care at a discounted rate for egg or embryo freezing prior to cancer treatments.  For more information on these procedures, please contact us at (866) 770-2168. 

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