Breast Cancer Awareness

Hi guys!  So in light of Breast Cancer Awareness its only right that I shed some light on the oh so prevalent disease. The numbers are astounding as well as frightening but the good news is that awareness brings about change. Early detection saves lives – ” 96% of women who find and treat breast cancer early will be cancer free after 5 years.”

INCIDENCE:

Breast Cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer (other than skin) among United States women and accounts for 29% of newly diagnosed cancers annually.

Predominantly effects women (men can get it too, especially the obese)

Average age at diagnosis is 61 (risk increase with age) however AA women are diagnosed and die much younger

“A women living in the US has a 1 in 8 lifetime risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer.”

SYMPTOMS:

Common-PAINLESS lump or mass in breast or underarm

Rare– spontaneous discharge, inverted nipple, pain, redness, swelling or thickening of skin or nipple

RISK:

Average Risk: Age, family history, early menarche, late menopause, used of combined estrogen and progestin postmenopausal hormones, alcohol consumption

High Risk: Have a known BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation, have a first degree relative with breast cancer, had previous radiation therapy to chest between the ages of 10-30 years

RECOMMENDATIONS:

*Self Breast Exam: monthly starting at age 20 years

*Clinical Breast Exam: every 3 years starting at age 20-39 years. Annually starting at age 40+

*Mammogram: Every other year starting at age 50-74 years  (unless high risk)

  • US Preventive Service Task Service
  • American Cancer Society
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