Other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women. The CDC reports that each year more than 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer – and more than 40,000 women die from it. Thankfully, millions of women are surviving the disease, thanks in part to early detection and improvements in treatment.
Early detection is key in overcoming breast cancer. Monthly self-exams and annual exams at your doctor’s office increase your chances of identifying – and beating – this disease. If you’re more than 40 years old, or considered high-risk, you should also have an annual mammogram.
We all have women in our lives who are important to us. Encourage each of them to prioritize their health by scheduling an annual exam.
More information on this disease and its high-risk factors, can be found at www.nationalbreastcancer.org.