Women need to be aware, be proactive, and be a survivor!
San Antonio, TX (PRWEB) October 15, 2013
In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Kimberly (Kim) O. Wyatt, an experienced Social Security Disability attorney with Heard & Smith, a national disability law firm that concentrates on the disabled and the injured, has written a must-read new article in the firm’s October e-newsletter that urges people to “put the hype” aside and focus on breast cancer facts, figures and most importantly, prevention.
“We’ve all seen the pink merchandise with the cute logos and phrases,” writes Ms. Wyatt, who has over 20 years of experience in the practice of law; more than 15 of which in the field of disability law. "The message is getting out there and the disease is getting attention. But let’s put the hype aside and really pay attention for just a few moments to look closely at what we need to know."
The closer look that Ms. Wyatt calls for is one that acknowledges some chilling – but undeniable – statistics, including:
- The annual incidence rate for breast cancer in the US is approximately 123.8 per 100,000 women.
- Annual mortality rates resulting from breast cancer are approximately 22.6 per 100,000 women.
- The 5-year relative survival rate for a localized stage of breast cancer at the time of diagnosis is 98.6%.
- The 5-year relative survival rate for regional (spread to regional lymph nodes) stage at the time of diagnosis is 84.4%, and for distant metastasis (spread beyond the regional lymph nodes) is 24.3%.
- The 5-year relative survival rate for un-staged breast cancer is 50%.
Ms. Wyatt is also quick to point out that, despite treatment options for fighting breast cancer such as surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy, prevention is clearly the best approach. “In addition to having their doctor conduct a comprehensive risk assessment, it’s important for women to have annual mammograms when they hit 40 -- or earlier if there is family history of breast cancer. Women need to be aware, be proactive, and be a survivor!”
Ms. Wyatt’s article is one of many timely and topical items featured in the October edition of Heard & Smith’s e-newsletter, which also includes a look at: how to feel good even while not going to work; the type of health insurance that is provided with a Social Security Disability Insurance Benefit (DIB) award; how to be prepared for an SSI or SSD hearing, and more. The e-newsletter is available at no cost and can be instantly accessed at http://www.heardandsmith.com/news-oct2013.html.
“In our e-newsletter, we strive each month to offer advice, tips and insights that help individuals and families learn more about their SSD rights, and as demonstrated by my colleague Kim’s outstanding article, discover how they can take a proactive approach to improving their health and wellness,” commented Joshua C. Eyestone, who is an experienced SSD attorney in Heard & Smith’s Social Security Disability practice group. “We enthusiastically invite people to read and share our newsletter. They can also participate in our fun contests, and read back issues.”
For more information, contact Joshua C. Eyestone at jeyestone(at)heardandsmith(dot)com or 210-820-3737.
About Heard & Smith L.L.P.
Heard & Smith helps thousands of clients each year get the disability benefits they are entitled to. The national disability law practice group at Heard & Smith represents deserving clients in all 50 states. Heard & Smith specializes in representing the disabled in Social Security Disability (SSD), and Veterans (VA) Disability matters.
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