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Cancer Awareness

Early detection can save your life!

No one knows the exact cause of breast cancer. Some risk factors increase the chances of developing breast cancers although most women with breast cancer have no clear risk factors.

Over 240,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year.

Risk factors
  • Risk increases with age
  • Personal history of breast cancer
  • Family history of breast cancer
  • Breast density
  • Being overweight or obese after menopause
  • Lack of physical exercise
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Reproductive and menstrual history (late child bearing and/or early menstruation)
  • Genetic changes (BRCA1 and BRCA2)
Screening Guidelines
The American Cancer Society recommends the following:

Ages 40 and older:

  • Annual mammogram
  • Annual clinical breast exam
  • Monthly self breast exam

Ages 20-39:

  • Clinical breast exam every 3 years*
  • Monthly self breast exam

All ages:

  • Report any breast changes-lumps, skin changes, pain, nipple discharge to your health care provider.

*talk to your health care provider about starting mammography screening earlier if you are at increased risk of breast cancer because of family history, a genetic tendency or past breast cancer. Also, see if an increased risk warrants more frequent exams or additional tests, such as ultrasound or magnetic resonance imaging.

Breast Cancer Facts
  • Over 39,840 women will die in the US from breast cancer in the US in 2010.
  • One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
  • One percent of all breast cancers occur in men.
  • Over 2.4 million women are living in the US surviving after a diagnosis of breast cancer.
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