In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we will post a fact about breast cancer every day in October. These daily facts are brought to you by Genesis Alkali and Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County.
Breast Cancer Fact for October 9th:
A top risk factor for breast cancer is age. About 79 percent of new cases and 88 percent of deaths occurred in women age 50 and older, according to the American Cancer Society. Just fewer than 11,000 invasive cases occurred in women younger than 40, and just under 49,000 in women under 50. In women ages 50 to 64, invasive breast cancer was even more prevalent with more than 84,000 cases. Women over age 65 accounted for more than 99,000 cases last year.
Early detection of breast cancer is very important. When found early, breast cancer is easier to successfully treat.
The American Cancer Society has the following breast cancer screening recommendations for women who are at average risk of breast cancer:
- Women between 40 and 44 have the option to start screening with a mammogram every year.
- Women 45 to 54 should get mammograms every year.
- Women 55 and older can switch to a mammogram every other year, or they can choose to continue yearly mammograms. Screening should continue as long as a woman is in good health and is expected to live 10 more years or longer.
- All women should understand what to expect when getting a mammogram for breast cancer screening – what the test can and cannot do.