Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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image001Breast cancer facts

  • Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women.
  • One in every eight women in the United States develops breast cancer.
  • There are many types of breast cancer that differ in their capability of spreading (metastasizing) to other body tissues.
  • The causes of breast cancer are not yet fully known although a number of risk factors have been identified.
  • There are many different types of breast cancer.
  • Breast cancer is diagnosed with physician and self-examination of the breasts, mammography, ultrasound testing, and biopsy.
  • Treatment of breast cancer depends on the type of cancer and its stage (the extent of spread in the body).

According to the American Cancer society:

  • Over 230,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer are diagnosed each year.
  • Nearly 40,000 women are expected to die of breast cancer in 2013.
  • There are over 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.
  • The recommendations regarding frequency and age when women should get screening mammography differ slightly between different organizations and task forces.
  • Between 40 and 50 years of age, mammograms are recommended every 1 to 2 years (National Cancer Institute). After 50 years of age, yearly mammograms are recommended (American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and U.S. Preventive Services Task Force).
  • You should discuss with your health care professional the screening frequency that he or she recommends and what guidelines they follow.
  • Patients with a family history or specific risk factors might have a different screening schedule including starting screening mammograms at an earlier age.

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