Know when I should get screened for breast cancer, and follow through on these recommendations. Start a conversation with the women clicking here and men in my life about taking regular care of our breasts. Spend as much attentionon my breast health as I do on my beauty treatments. To sign the pledge, click here . Along with the ABC News medical team of Dr. Richard Besser and Dr. Jennifer Ashton, several of the nations leading breast cancer experts are telling us what Americans should know NOW about breast cancer: A significant number of women get screening mammograms, but do not follow-up and get abnormal findings assessed. A substantial number of women with diagnosed potentially curable breast cancerget no treatment because they are afraid to get care and sometimes because they cannot afford care. -Otis Brawley, M.D. Chief Medical Officer American Cancer Society By following current guidelines, I was lucky to be diagnosed with an early stage of very treatable breast-cancer just after my 50th birthday. But unfortunately the message of early detection has been lost or trivialized by the confusion over the importance of screening mammography in the general population. As a result, I am seeing too many women with advanced disease. Its also troubling to me that not only did they lose their chance for early detection, but they probably have also lost their chance to save their precious lives. -Marisa Weiss, M.D. Founder and President Breastcancer.org Breast cancer is a curable and survivable disease. Screening, detection and good treatment are all critically important. -Cliff Hudis, M.D. Chief of Breast Cancer Medicine Service Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Most women who develop breast cancer dont have a family history of it. Even if no one in your family had it, you should take the pledge and learn the facts about breast cancer. Richard Besser. M.D. Chief Health and Medical Editor ABC News My mission is to achieve a future without breast cancer by focusing on prevention and finding the cause. The urgency of finding the cause is driven by the collateral damage and limitations of our current approach. -Susan Love, M.D. President Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation Significant progress in the treatment of breast cancer has been achieved to date, but much work needs to be done in both research and education to help realize cures. -Edith A. Perez, M.D Deputy Director at Large Mayo Clinic Cancer Center Whether you are about prevention, detection or treatment of breast cancer, know this: you are not alone. Jennifer Ashton, M.D.
For Going Pink: 7 Things You Need to Know Now About Breast Cancer original version, visit http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2013/09/23/going-pink-7-things-you-need-to-know-now-about-breast-cancer/