Early Detection Is Critical to Survival.
Three Steps Can Save A Life:
- Clinical breast exams by a health care provider at least every 3 years starting at age 20, and annually after 40.
- Annual screening mammography for women by age 40 or earlier if their is a family history or other concerns and if recommended by your physician.
- Breast Self Awareness; Breast self-exam (BSE) is a tool that may help you learn what is normal for you. BSE involves looking at and feeling your breasts. If you notice any changes in your breast, do not wait. Report any changes to your doctor or nurse right away.
2016 Breast Cancer Facts – United States
- Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer among women.
- The most proven and significant risk factors for getting breast cancer are being female and getting older.
- An estimated 246,660 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in the U.S. during 2016.
- An estimated 2,600 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in men in the U.S. during 2016.
- An estimated 40,450 women and 440 men will die from breast cancer in the U.S. during 2016.
- In the U.S., a woman has a 1 in 8 (12 percent) risk of developing breast cancer in her lifetime.
- One woman is diagnosed with breast cancer every 2 minutes, and one woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes in the U.S.
- For all races, the 5-year relative survival rate for women with localized breast cancer (cancer that has not spread to lymph nodes or other locations outside the breast) in the U.S. is 99 percent.
- Approximately five to ten percent of breast cancers in the U.S. are due to inherited mutations in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 breast cancer genes (less than 1 percent of the general population).
- The 5-year survival rate for female breast cancer survivors in the U.S. has improved from 63 percent in the early 1960s to 99 percent today.
- In the United States today, there are more than 3.1 million breast cancer survivors – the largest group of cancer survivors in the country.
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