National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is October

By: 
Star Staff

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women. Getting mammograms regularly can lower the risk of dying from breast cancer, according to a news release from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

Each year in the United States, more than 200,000 women get breast cancer and more than 40,000 women die from the disease.

Men also get breast cancer, but it is not very common. Less than 1percent of breast cancers occur in men.

Most breast cancers are found in women who are 50 years old or older, but breast cancer also affects younger women. About 10 percent of all new cases of breast cancer in the United States are found in women younger than 45 years of age.

The United States Preventive Services Task Force recommends that if you are 50 to 74 years old, be sure to have a screening mammogram every two years. If you are 40 to 49 years old, talk to your doctor about when to start and how often to get a screening mammogram. For those who are worried about the cost, CDC offers free or low-cost mammograms to those who met the eligibility requirements.

There are different symptoms of breast cancer, and some people have no symptoms at all. If you have any signs that worry you, see your doctor right away.

Some main factors that influence your risk for breast cancer include being a woman, being older (most breast cancers are found in women who are 50 years old or older), and having changes in your breast cancer genes (BRCA1 and BRCA2). Most women who get breast cancer have no known risk factors and no history of the disease in their families. 

Although breast cancer screening cannot prevent breast cancer, it can help find breast cancer early, when it is easier to treat. Talk to your doctor about which breast cancer screening tests are right for you, and when you should have them.

For more information about breast cancer, screening, symptoms and promoting cancer prevention visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at CDC.gov, call 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636), or TTY: 888-232-6348.

 

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