October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the second most common form of cancer among women in the United States (behind skin cancer).
About 1 in 8 U.S. women – 12% – will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.
After increasing for the past two decades, breast cancer incidence rates in the U.S. began decreasing in 2000.
Every 3 minutes, a women is diagnosed with breast cancer. The median age at the time of diagnosis is 62.
In 2022, it is estimated that about 30% of cancers diagnosed in women will be breast cancers.
BUT, THERE IS HOPE
Today, a woman diagnosed with breast cancer at an advanced state has a 27% chance of being alive in 5 years. With early detection, you can increase your chances to 98%. About 85% of breast cancers happen to women without any family history.
The American Cancer Society Invests more in breast cancer research than any other cancer type. Society-funded research has led to the development of potentially lifesaving breast cancer drugs, as well as the discovery of genes linked to breast cancer.
There are over 3.8 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S. The American Cancer Society recommends a baseline mammogram between the ages of 35-40 then once yearly thereafter. Monthly self-exams are also recommended for women over the age of 20. Screening guidelines vary by age, so talk with your physician.