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breast cancer - what you should know

Every woman is at risk – what you should know about breast cancer

Most doctors agree that early detection of breast cancer offers the best chance for long-term survival. However, many women still don’t know why regular mammograms and early detection are important.

Consider the facts:

  • One in eight women, or 12 percent of all women, will be diagnosed with breast cancer.
  • More than 80 percent of women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history.
  • Breast cancer risk increases with age.
  • Nearly 77 percent of women with breast cancer are over age 50.
  • More than 1.7 million women who have had breast cancer are still alive in the U.S.
  • Approximately 96 percent of women who find and treat breast cancer early will be cancer-free after five years.

American Cancer Society breast health guidelines

American Cancer Society guidelines recommend women have a baseline mammogram performed at age 35 and annual mammograms beginning at age 40. Monthly self-exams and clinical breast exams as part of a routine physical are also important. Women known to be at increased risk for breast cancer may benefit from earlier detection testing and/or the addition of MRI. These women should discuss guidelines with their doctors.

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