October is breast cancer awareness month. The National Breast Cancer Foundation estimates that 281,550 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer and 49,290 with non-invasive breast cancer in 2021.
Overall, breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer among American women, right after skin cancer.
The good news is that breast cancer death rates have been dropping since 1990. One reason for this is that breast cancers are being detected earlier.
Catching breast cancer early, before the cancer spreads beyond the breast, gives a 99% survival rate.
Increase your chances of early detection
Breast self-exams are a good idea. An annual mammogram from age 40 on is the best idea. Mammograms find cancer earlier than a physical exam can.
The earlier cancer is detected, the better the odds.
The Breast Center can provide a risk assessment for you based on your personal information. You will receive a personalized care plan.
The Breast Center has NAPBC accreditation and is an ACR Accredited Center of Excellence. Call 479-442-6266 to request an appointment.
Reduce your risk
There are actions you can take to reduce your risk of breast cancer. For starters, learning about your personal level of risk gives you the information you need to make wise choices.