Women tend to wait to learn about breast cancer until they breastfeed or have a problem that needs medical attention. They should become familiar with their body’s ins-and-outs, so that they can understand normal and abnormal changes.An estimated 207,090 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S this year, according to breastcancer.org.
The best way for women to lower their risk of dying from breast cancer is to get regular screenings.
When breast cancer is found early and only confined to the breast, the 5-year survival rate is 98 percent. Screening can detect breast cancer early, when it is most treatable.
While breast cancer is predominantly found in women, men are also at risk.
Although breast cancer is rare in men, an estimated 1,970 new cases of males breast cancer will be diagnosed this year in the United States, according to ww5.komen.org.
The death toll of breast cancer has been decreasing since 1991.
These decreases are thought to be the result of treatment advances, earlier detection through screening and increased awareness.
Besides lung cancer, breast cancer death rates are higher than any other cancer for women in the U.S.
While White women are more likely to develop breast cancer, Black women are more likely to die from it and tend to have more aggressive tumors.
Women of other ethnic backgrounds have a lower risk of developing and dying from breast cancer than White and Black women.
There are many factors linked to breast cancer risks, although some factors are greater than others.
Being an older woman increases the chance of breast cancer. A factor that one can control is living a healthy lifestyle.
A healthy lifestyle reduces the chances of getting breast cancer.
All women are at risk of getting breast cancer. Having a family history of breast cancer, starting menopause after age 55 or never having children account for a small number of breast cancer cases every year, according to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
The 5-year survival rate for all women diagnosed with breast cancer is 89 percent according to the Web site.
Most people with breast cancer will live a full and healthy life.
There are currently more than 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S.