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|Posted on September 27, 2012 at 10:24 AM|
Most of us know someone who has been affected by breast cancer in one way or another. Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month we want to help you be aware of the risks and learn about some of the preventative resources that are available to you.
Consider the Facts:
In 2012, it is estimated that among US women there will be:
- 226,870 new cases of invasive breast cancer
- 63,300 new cases of "in situ" breast cancer
- 39,510 breast cancer deaths.
A Few of the Known Risk Factors*:
- Being a Woman
- Getting Older
- Starting menopause after age 55
- Never having children
- Having your first child after age 35
- Being overweight or gaining weight as an adult
- Family history of breast, ovarian or prostate cancer
Mammography and rates of early detection over time
As mammography screening rates have increased, more cases of breast cancer have been found at earlier stages, when they are most easily and successfully treated. During the 1980s and 1990s, diagnoses of early-stage breast cancer increased greatly. Since the late 1990s, these rates have remained steady. At the same time, diagnoses of advanced stage (metastatic) breast cancer have remained stable or dropped slightly.
Prevention is key, and as a result of the Affordable Healthcare Act many of these preventative services are available to you with no out of pocket costs through your health insurance carrier. Check our other blog articles to learn more about Healthcare Reform.
*This is not a complete list of risk factors. Consult a medical professional to learn about all of the risk factors of breast cancer.