October is Breast Cancer
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women, except for skin cancers. Currently, the average risk of a woman in the United States developing breast cancer sometime in her life is about 12%. This means there is a 1 in 8 chance she will develop breast cancer. This also means there is a 7 in 8 chance she will never have the disease.
Regular mammograms can help find breast cancer at an early stage, when treatment is most successful. A mammogram can find breast changes that could be cancer years before physical symptoms develop. Results from many decades of research clearly show that women who have regular mammograms are more likely to have breast cancer found early, are less likely to need aggressive treatment like surgery to remove the breast (mastectomy) and chemotherapy, and are more likely to be cured.
Talk to your doctor about when you should schedule your breast screening or visit cancer.org for more information and resources.
Reduce Your Cancer Risk.
About 1 in 5 of all cancers diagnosed in the U.S. are related to poor diets, physically inactive lifestyles, and excess weight. By making healthy choices like being active, eating right and following recommended screening guidelines, you can reduce your risk of cancer.
Did you know?
By taking what we’ve learned through research and translating it into action, the American Cancer Society has contributed to a 25% decrease in the overall US cancer death rate since 1991.
About 1 in 5 of all cancers diagnosed in the U.S. are related to poor diets, physically inactive lifestyles, and excess weight.
Colon cancer screening tests look for cancer before signs and symptoms exist.
That more than half of all cancer deaths are preventable.