Quick Facts About Breast CancerOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!
•One in eight women or 12.6% of all women will get breast cancer in her lifetime.
•Breast cancer risk increases with age and every woman is at risk.
•Every 13 minutes a woman dies of breast cancer.
•Seventy‐seven percent of women with breast cancer are over 50.
•Seventy‐one percent of black women diagnosed with breast cancer experience a five‐year survivalrate, while eighty‐six percent of white women experience five‐year survival.
•The first sign of breast cancer usually shows up on a woman's mammogram before it can be felt or any other symptoms are present.
•Risks for breast cancer include a family history, atypical hyperplasia, delaying pregnancy until after age 30 or never becoming pregnant, early menstruation (before age 12), late menopause (after age 55), current use or use in the last ten years of oral contraceptives, and daily consumption of alcohol.
•Early detection of breast cancer, through monthly breast self‐exam and particularly yearly mammography after age 40, offers the best chance for survival.
•Ninety‐six percent of women who find and treat breast cancer early will be cancer‐free after five years.
•You are never too young to develop breast cancer! Breast Self‐Exams should begin by the age of twenty.
(All information taken from American Cancer Society, National Cancer Institute and The Susan G. Komen Foundation)
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