Blog 10/5/2018

Weekly Clinical Service Dose: October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an annual campaign to raise awareness of:

  • Breast cancer risks
  • The value of screening and early detection,
  • Treatment options available to women and men who are diagnosed with one of the many forms of breast cancer.

The numbers:

  • About 266,120 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women.
  • About 63,960 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will be diagnosed (CIS is non-invasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer).
  • About 40,920 women will die from breast cancer.
  • While black and white women get breast cancer at roughly the same rate, the mortality rate is 42% higher among black women than white women.

Some main factors that influence your risk for breast cancer include

  • Being a woman.
  • Being older (most breast cancers are found in women who are 50 years old or older).
  • Having changes in your breast cancer genes (BRCA1 and BRCA2).
  • Most women who get breast cancer have no known risk factors and no history of the disease in their families.

How Can I Lower My Risk?

  • Although breast cancer screening cannot prevent breast cancer, it can help find breast cancer early, when it is easier to treat.
  • Talk to your doctor about which breast cancer screening tests are right for you, and when you should have them.

When breast cancer is detected early, and if adequate diagnosis and treatment are available, there is a good chance that breast cancer can be cured.

  • If detected late, however, curative treatment is often no longer an option.

Currently there is not sufficient knowledge on the causes of breast cancer, therefore, early detection of the disease remains the cornerstone of breast cancer control.

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