EARLY SCREENING SAVES LIVES
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
- Breast Cancer is the 2nd most common death among African American women, surpassed only by lung cancer.
- White women are more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer, however in women under 45 years breast cancer is more common in African American women.
- Breast cancer is most often found in women, but men can get breast cancer too. About 1 out of every 100 breast cancers diagnosed in the United States is found in a man.
- According to the American Cancer Society, when breast cancer is detected early, and is in the localized stage, the 5-year relative survival rate is 99%. Early detection includes doing monthly breast self-exams and scheduling regular clinical breast exams and mammograms.
BREAST CANCER RESOURCES:
- National Cancer Institute (NCI):
Information about free or low-cost mammogram screening programs is available through NCl’s Cancer Information Service at 1-800-422-6237.
- The American Cancer Society:
The American Cancer Society (ACS) provides resource lists for free or low-cost mammograms and financial assistance based on your location.
- National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF):
N BCF is dedicated to delivering comprehensive, educational information on breast health and healthy living. From understanding the importance of early detection to knowing how to prepare for a mammogram, NBCF’s online resources and guides aim to empower women and men with useful information.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
Detecting & Living with Breast Cancer for Dummies (For Dummies [Lifestyle]) – Illustrated, August 28, 2017:
By Marshalee George (Author), Kimlin Tam Ashing (Author)
Your trusted, no-nonsense guide to detecting and managing breast cancer.