Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Everyone woman has a 1 in 8 chance of developing breast cancer in her lifetime.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase the awareness of breast cancer and the need for screening. Many people are aware of the disease but often forget about taking steps for early detection and encouraging others to get tested. Although October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it is important to remember to raise awareness and educate women about breast cancer throughout the year. We encourage you to ask the hard questions and contact your doctor to learn about early detection, breast health, and the latest research developments.

Breast Cancer Facts

  • Breast cancer is a disease in which cancer cells grow in the breast tissue.
  • A woman's chance of developing breast cancer sometime in her life is approximately 1 in 8.
  • The chance that breast cancer will be responsible for a woman's death is about 1 in 33.

Prevention and Detection

  • Breast self exam - women 20 or older should perform every month
  • Clinical breast exam by a physician
    • Women age 20-39 should have one every 3 years
    • Women over 40 should have one annually
  • Mammography can identify a breast mass as much as 2 years before it can be detected by touch
  • Ultrasonography
  • Breast MRI
  • Breast Biopsy

Survival Rate

  • Early detection and treatment of breast cancer is the key to survival
  • When breast cancer is detected before it has spread to lymph nodes, the 5-year survival rate is 97%

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