The main goal of Breast Cancer Awareness Month is to raise awareness on the importance of early detection. It’s a reminder to make a plan to detect the disease early and to encourage others to do the same. Millions of women are surviving breast cancer thanks in part to early detection and improvements in treatment.
Why do you need an early detection plan?
- Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women in the U.S.
- One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime
- When breast cancer is detected early, in the localized stage, the five year relative survival rate is 100%.
- An estimated 40,730 women and 440 men are expected to die of breast cancer in 2015.
Early Detection Plan
- Monthly self-breast exams
- Early warning signs
- Discovery of a new lump
- Change in breast tissue or skin
- Clinical breast exams and mammograms – The American Cancer Society recommends one a year for women over the age of 40.
Family History of Breast Cancer
- Breast cancer risk is higher among women whose close blood relatives have this disease.
- Having one first-degree relative (mother, sister, or daughter) with breast cancer approximately doubles a woman’s risk. Having two first-degree relatives increases her risk about three-fold.
- Less than 15% of women with breast cancer have a family member with this disease. This means that most (over 85%) women who get breast cancer do not have a family history of this disease.
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