October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Did you know….

  • One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.
  • Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths among women.
  • Breast cancer kills one woman every 13 seconds in the United States.
  • Although breast cancer in men is rare, an estimated 2,150 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 410 will die from it each year.
  • Up to 10% of breast cancers are caused by an inherited genetic mutation. Take a free hereditary risk assessment

Regular screening tests (along with follow-up tests and treatment if diagnosed) reduce your chance of dying from breast cancer. Screening tests include mammography and clinical breast exam and, for some, breast MRI. Also, don’t forget to perform your monthly self-exam.

The American Cancer Society recommendations for breast cancer screening:

  • Women without symptoms or family history of cancer should begin getting mammograms annually at age 40.
  • Women in their 20s and 30s should have clinical breast exam as part of a periodic health exam by a health professional preferably every three years. Starting at age 40, women should have a clinical breast exam by a health professional every year.
  • Women should begin breast self-exam should being starting in their 20 and should report any breast changes to their health professional right away.
  • Women who are at a high risk for breast cancer based on certain factors should get an MRI and mammogram every year. Learn more.