Breast Cancer Facts Every Woman Should Know

The American Cancer Society as well as the nation’s leading health organizations recommends the following 3-step early detection plan:


Schedule Regular Mammograms beginning at the age of 40.

See your doctor for regular breast exams at least every three years from age 20 to 39 and every year beginning at age of 40.

Proactive monthly breast self-exam. Ask your doctor to show you the proper way to do a thorough breast self-exam.


FACT: 3/4 of the women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history of the disease and are not considered high risk.

FACT: 1 of 6 breast cancers occur in women aged 40 – 49.

FACT: The 10 year risk for breast cancer in a 40 year old woman is 1 in 69.

FACT: 40% of patient years of live saved by mammography are in women aged 40 – 49.

FACT: Mammography has helped reduce breast cancer mortality in the U.S. by nearly 1/3 since 1990.

What Are the Symptons of Breast Cancer?

♦ Lump or thickening in or near the breast or in the underarm that persists through the menstrual cycle.
♦ A mass or lump, which may feel as small as a pea.
♦ A change in the size, shape, or contour of the breast.
♦ A blood-stained or clear fluid discharge from the nipple.
♦ A change in the feel or appearance of the skin on the breast or nipple (dimpled, puckered, scaly, or inflamed).
♦ Redness of the skin on the breast or nipple.
♦ A change in shape or position of the nipple
♦ An area that is distinctly different from any other area on either breast.
♦ A marble-like hardened area under the skin.

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