THE FACTS ABOUT BREAST CANCER
- Mammography has helped reduce breast cancer mortality in the U.S. by nearly 1/3 since 1990.
- The ten-year risk for breast cancer in a 40 year old woman is 1 in 69.
- 1 in 6 breast cancers occur in women aged 40–49.
- Of all the years of life saved by mammography, 40% are for women in their 40s.
- 3/4 of women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history of the disease and are not considered high risk.
- Even for women 50+, skipping a mammogram every other year would miss up to 30% of cancers.
- Mammography facts provided by MammographySavesLives.org
FIVE THINGS YOU CAN DO:
- Try to avoid weight gain, especially after menopause. Extra fat tissue contributes to estrogen production, increasing breast cancer risk.
- Limit alcohol consumption. Alcohol can cause your body to process estrogen differently, elevating your hormone levels that contribute to breast cancer.
- Since weight is a risk factor, try to exercise. Physical activity keeps weight in check. Studies show physical activity increases survival rates as well.
- Breastfeed. Mothers who breast fed for one year were slightly less likely to get breast cancer than those who had not. This benefit increased for women who breastfed for two years or more over the course of their lifetime.
- Get screened regularly. Early detection is the key to curing breast cancer. Starting at age 40, begin getting annual mammograms.