Breast Cancer Awareness

Breast cancer screening was in the news recently, as the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is planning to lower the recommended age for beginning mammograms. The USPSTF and the American Cancer Society now both agree that screening mammography should begin at age 40 for women at average risk. Breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer in women (behind skin cancer), and the second most deadly (behind lung cancer). Nearly 300,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2023. Fortunately, the 5-year survival rate for breast cancer is now over 90%, and it continues to rise. This ongoing improvement is due to a combination of early detection and increasingly effective treatments. Risk Factors and Prevention Risk factors increase a person’s chances of getting a certain condition. According to the National Cancer Institute, these are the main [...]

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), approximately 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer, making it the second most common cancer in women (skin cancer is the most common.) In addition, breast cancer is responsible for approximately 1 in 35 deaths among women, which makes it the second leading cause of cancer death in females (lung cancer being the first.) While men can also be diagnosed with breast cancer, it is far less common in males than females. Breast Cancer Risk Factors There are many risk factors related to breast cancer. Some of the risk factors cannot be changed, and others are under your control. Regardless of your ability to control a risk factor, it is good to be aware of your risks because they affect your chances of developing these diseases. Also, it is important to remember [...]