Breast Cancer Awareness

According to the American Cancer Society, 1 in 8 women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer. Because breast cancer is so common, it’s necessary to understand the dangers involved with breast cancer, and the importance of regular examinations and screenings. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which makes it a perfect time to educate yourself and educate others about breast cancer.

  • Ductal carcinoma is the most common type of breast cancer; however breast cancer can also develop in the lobule cells and other breast tissues.
  • While breast cancer can develop in both men and in women, it’s roughly 100 times more likely to develop in women than in men. In the U.S., there are 2,300 new cases in men and 230,000 new cases in women each year.
  • Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer found in women worldwide, and is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in women in the United States after skin cancer.
  • A women is twice as likely to develop breast cancer if her mother, sister, or daughter develops breast cancer.
  • Despite the fact that breast cancer is so common, there is not enough information to know exactly what causes it. Not knowing the causes of breast cancer makes prevention difficult; however getting regular screenings and detecting cancer in its early stages can increase the likelihood of successful treatment.

Screening for breast cancer is very important. a breast self-exam, a clinical breast exam, and a mammogram are three main methods used for breast cancer screening. Doing examinations can certainly help in detecting breast cancer, but these methods are not nearly as effective as mammograms. It’s recommended that women over 40 have a mammogram at least every two years to detect breast cancer in its early stages.

The Breast Center is a MANA clinic that specializes in designated breast imaging, screening, and diagnostics. Schedule your appointment today!