Breast Cancer Awareness Month
About Breast Cancer
Breast Cancer is the most common type of cancer in women in the US, aside from skin cancer. The Susan G. Komen Foundation reports that in 2016, it is estimated that more than 240,000 cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed and 0ver 40,000 will die from this disease. Worldwide, breast cancer is the most widely diagnosed cancer among women. Men are not immune from breast cancer either. One hundred times less common than women, there will be close to 2600 cases diagnosed in men this year. Men comprise about 1% of all breast cancer diagnoses.
The type and severity of Breast Cancer varies. Treatment is much more sophisticated and survival rates have greatly improved. Women with Stage 1 or 2 Breast Cancer, who are five or more years cancer free, for example, have the highest rate of survival.
Breast Cancer Screenings
Of course, the most important step you can take to promote early detection and treatment is by having a mammogram and doing monthly breast self-examinations. The American Cancer association recommends the following mammogram schedule:
Women ages 40 to 44 should have the choice to start annual breast cancer screening with mammograms (x-rays of the breast) if they wish to do so.
Women age 45 to 54 should get mammograms every year.
Women 55 and older should switch to mammograms every 2 years, or can continue yearly screening.
Most insurance companies pay for mammograms as part of preventive health plan. There are now 3D mammograms that cost a little more but studies show may to have a more thorough detection rate and fewer false alarms.
Breast Cancer and You
It is very likely you know someone with breast cancer; a friend, colleague or family. Those with biological relatives or family history of breast cancer have a higher incidence of the disease. If you are fearful of getting a mammogram screening, seek out a friend who’s had one performed. Take a supportive friend or family member and make an appointment together.
Glass Doctor of Raleigh enourages members of our local community to take the time to familiarize yourself with the signs or symptoms of possible breast cancer. It could mean the difference of saving your life or someone you love!