Our Mission at QCOC. The mission of QCOC is empowering participants to take ownership for managing their risks and experiences of lifestyle diseases to improve their quality of life. QCOC is a premier community based grassroots organization that will engage individuals who face the risk or experience lifestyle diseases to save lives. We are always dedicated to raising Breast Cancer Awareness throughout the Inland Empire and providing women with free mammograms and educational programs.
The Benefits of Screening Mammograms. Early detection of breast cancer with screening mammography means that treatment can be started earlier in the course of the disease, possibly before it has spread. Results from randomized clinical trials and other studies show that screening mammography can help reduce the number of deaths from breast cancer among women ages 40 to 70, especially for those over age 50.
10 Facts About Breast Cancer.
- Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among American women after skin cancer. It is the second leading cause of cancer death in women after lung cancer.
- The first operation to use anesthesia was a breast cancer surgery.
- The incidence of breast cancer is highest in more developed countries and lowest in less developed countries.
- The left breast is statistically more prone to developing cancer than the right breast. Scientists are unsure why.
- In the U.S., an average of 112 women die of breast cancer every day, or one every 15 minutes.
- The United States has the most cases of breast cancer in the world.
- The first recorded mastectomy for breast occurred in A.D. 548 on Theodora, Empress of Byzantine.
- Only 5-10% of breast cancers occur in women who have a genetic predisposition for it. However, women with the gene mutation run a lifetime risk as high as 4 in 5 of developing the disease. The risk of developing ovarian cancer also rises to 2 in 5.
- When breast cancer spreads beyond the breast, it is said to be “metastatic.” The most common places breast cancer spreads to are the bones, liver, and lungs.
- There are currently 2.5 million breast cancer survivors living in the United States.