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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

We have made great strides in diagnosing and treating breast cancer over the past several decades, but the battle is not over. Data from the American Cancer Society tells us that for 2017:

  • About 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women.
  • About 40,610 women will die from breast cancer.
  • Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women.
  • Breast cancer can hit women of any age – and it may occur in men.
  • Death rates from breast cancer dropped from 1989 to 2007. Since 2007, breast cancer death rates have been steady in women younger than 50, but have continued to decrease in older women.

Age increases your risk of getting breast cancer, however it can occur in younger women. Early detection is the best defense against breast cancer so please adhere to established screening guidelines:

  • Women have the option to begin annual mammography as early as 40 years old.
  • Women between the ages of 45 and 54 should have a mammogram each year.
  • Women 55 and over may wish to continue an annual screening, or may choose to have a mammogram once every two years.
  • If you have a family history or are at high risk for breast cancer, you should talk to your doctor about earlier or more frequent screening.
  • It’s important to be familiar with how your breasts normally look and feel. If you notice a lump or change in your breast tissue, please contact your healthcare provider.

 

The good news is that there are currently more than 3.1 million breast cancer survivors in the US. This includes women still being treated and those who have completed treatment.

Let’s work together to increase this number by getting screened regularly and talking to your healthcare provider when concerns arise.

At Edina Sports and Family Medicine, we care about all aspects of your health. Please contact us anytime you have questions or concerns about your health: 952-926-6489