Aside from some skin cancers, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women, and the second leading cause of cancer related death among women in the United States. In fact, according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, including 220,000 this year alone.
Regular breast cancer screening is the best way to detect breast cancer in its early stages, when it’s the most treatable. The five-year survival rate for breast cancer found at Stage 0 or Stage I is 100 percent, and 93 percent if discovered at Stage II.
Here are some key things for women to keep in mind when it comes to breast health:
Know your risk
- Talk to family members to learn about family history.
- Talk to your doctor about your risk for breast cancer.
- Over 80 percent of women with breast cancer have no family history of the disease.
Know what’s normal for you
- Talk about any changes or abnormalities — like lumps, swelling, change in size, rash, or new pain in one spot that doesn’t go away — with your doctor or OB-GYN.
- Talk with your doctor about when you should start and how often you should be screened.
- Make healthy lifestyle choices.
- Healthy lifestyle habits can reduce your risk factors for breast cancer and other illnesses.
Making a mammogram appointment is simple, easy and convenient: