This October, PacificSource, is proud to participate in National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women worldwide.
- 1 in 8 women in the US will develop breast cancer at some point in her life.
- Breast cancer is diagnosed every 2 minutes in the United States, and every 29 seconds, around the world.
- In 2017, 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 63,410 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer.
Though rare in men, Breast Cancer isn’t limited to just women.
- 1 in 1,000 men will develop breast cancer at some time in their lives.
- About 2,470 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in men in 2017.
The good news is that there is hope.
- With early detection, there is a 98% survival rate.
- Since 1990, death rates from breast cancer have been declining.
- This due to early detection, increased awareness, and improving treatment options.
- Right now, there are 3.3 million female breast cancer survivors in the United States.
Talk to a doctor about your risk for breast cancer, especially if a close family member of yours had breast or ovarian cancer. Your doctor can help you decide when and how often to get mammograms.
- If you are a woman age 40 to 49, talk with your doctor about when to start getting mammograms and how often to get them.
- If you are a woman age 50 to 74, be sure to get a mammogram every 2 years. You may also choose to get them more often.