October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. Often, women do not take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same. Don't forget to have your screening mammogram. It could save your life.
Facts about Breast Cancer
- 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.
- About 80-90% of breast cancers in women without symptoms in the U.S. will be detected by mammography.
- Only 53% of women 40 and older in the U.S. reported having a mammogram in the last year
- The most significant risk factors for getting breast cancer are being female and getting older.
- Breast cancer is second, only to lung cancer, in cancer deaths among women in the U.S.
- One case of breast cancer is diagnosed every two minutes, and it is estimated that one woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes in the U.S.
- The five year survival rates for breast cancer is very high when found in early stages. (More than 90% when found in stage one.)