Do you want the good news first, or the bad news? Let's start with the good because I'm not into delayed gratification. So! The good news: a new study has found that women 66 or older who are diagnosed with breast cancer will not likely die from breast cancer. The bad news: women who are diagnosed at a younger age will still, on the other hand, likely die from the cancer.
The study followed 60,000 women over a period of 12 years and found that over half the women ended up dying of causes other than breast cancer and that the average age of those who died was 83. Not bad!
The number one killer among women is heart disease, and that was the most common cause of death among the women over 66 who didn't die from breast cancer.
I find the study to be uplifting because so often we see breast cancer as a death sentence. This research shows that it really isn't for women of a certain age. It's a reminder, though, that we need to take care of ourselves and our tickers ... that heart disease, man, I tell ya. It'll getcha.
What do you think of the news?
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