October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month and we all should take this time, if no other time of the year, to show our support in finding a cure for breast cancer (as well as all cancers) and promote early detection.
"An estimated 182,460 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to occur among women in the United States during 2008. An estimated 40,480 women will die from breast cancer. It is estimated that 1,990 men will be diagnosed and 450 men will die of breast cancer during 2008. In addition to invasive breast cancer, 67,770 new cases of in situ breast cancer are expected to occur among women in 2008." Source: American Cancer Society Cancer Facts & Figures 2008.
Basic Breast Health Steps:
- Mammograms every year starting at age 40.
- Women under 40 with a family history of breast cancer or other concerns should talk with a health care provider. Screening tests may be needed more often and/or started earlier.
- Clinical breast exams by a health care provider at least every 3 years starting at age 20, and every year after 40. Breast self-exams every month starting by age 20.