Every year in October, communities across the country participate in walks and fundraisers to support those affected by breast cancer and to raise awareness and funds to save lives from breast cancer. The campaign funds breast cancer research, promotes education and risk reduction, and provides patient support.
In 2017, about 252,710 new invasive breast cancers will be diagnosed. And about 63,410 new cases of carcinoma in situ (the earliest form of breast cancer) will be diagnosed. Are you doing your monthly self breast exams? Do you know what to look and feel for during your exam? Do you know when you should start your mammograms? Talk with your healthcare professional about your risks and when to start your mammograms. It is also important to discuss your family history because some cancers can be hereditary and your screening management could change. Monthly self breast exams and screening mammograms are crucial in the early detection of breast exam which leads to early treatment and improves survival rates.
For more information visit the American Cancer Society: http://www.cancer.org/cancer/breastcancer/detailedguide/breast-cancer-risk-factors