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

October 25, 2016
By CRM Orlando

Did you know that breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women and is the second leading cause of death among women?  Or that one in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime?   The statistics are startling, but where there is heartache, there is hope.  When detected early (at the localized stage), the 5-year survival rate is 98%.  In fact, there are over 2.8 million breast cancer survivors alive in the U.S. today!  That is why the month of October - National Breast Cancer Awareness Month – is 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. 

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 in their reproductive years, 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 The Center for Reproductive Medicine in Orlando, Celebration and Lake Mary we understand the emotional stress that women go through when faced with cancer, especially when fertility may become an issue.  That is why 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 great 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 (800)343-6331. 

Resources: http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-awareness-month

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