October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!!
The goal for Breast Cancer Awareness is to create a plan for Early Detection and share the importance of early detection with others.
1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime
if detected in the early localized stage-the 5 year survival rate is 100%
Women above the age of 40 should be receiving mammograms yearly, earlier if breast cancer is in their family history. Women older than 50 may be able to have a mammogram every 2 years depending on family history and medical history
Symptoms can include any change in the size or the shape of the breast, pain in any area of the breast, nipple discharge other than breast milk (including blood), and a new lump in the breast or underarm.
Breast Cancer Facts:
The main factors that influence your risk for breast cancer include being a woman, being older (most breast cancers are found in women who are 50 years old or older), and having changes in your breast cancer genes (BRCA1 and BRCA2). Most women who get breast cancer have no known risk factors and no history of the disease in their families. There are things you can do to can help lower your breast cancer risk. The Know:BRCA tool can help you assess your risk of having changes in your BRCA genes.
Although breast cancer screening cannot prevent breast cancer, it can help find breast cancer early, when it is easier to treat. Talk to your doctor about which breast cancer screening tests are right for you, and when you should have them.
- Each year in the United States, more than 200,000 women get breast cancer and more than 40,000 women die from the disease.
- Men also get breast cancer, but it is not very common. Less than 1% of breast cancers occur in men.
- Most breast cancers are found in women who are 50 years old or older, but breast cancer also affects younger women. About 11% of all new cases of breast cancer in the United States are found in women younger than 45 years of age.