Did you know ... if you are a woman, you are at risk?
- Only a small percentage (15%) of breast cancer diagnoses are genetic. 75% of patients do NOT have a family history. Being a woman and getting older is a risk factor. ~ American Cancer Society
- 1 in 8 women are diagnosed with invasive BC in their lifetime; 1 in 6 of those is in women ages 40-49. ~ American Cancer Society
- In women in their 40s, asymptomatic cells can progress to symptomatic cancer in 2-2.5 years. ~ American Cancer Society
- The National Cancer Institute estimates more than 250,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, and nearly 40,000 will die. A study examining why women fail to get annual screenings finds 50 percent of eligible women - even with health insurance - are not getting mammograms. ~ Study by Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research, Journal of Women’s Health
- Only 68 percent of women ages 40-49 have had a mammogram in the past two years. ~ CDC, 2008
- In North Carolina, only 50 percent of women 40-45 have had a mammogram in the past two years. ~ NC Center for Health Statistics, 2008
- Mammograms save lives! A 30-year Swedish study (published in Radiology, June 28, 2011) strongly indicates that regular mammogram screenings reduce breast cancer death rates by about 30 percent! That's 15,000-20,000 lives each year. The study followed 133,065 women for just short of three decades (29 years) and found that one breast cancer death was prevented for every 414-519 women who had mammograms. The longer term of the Swedish study is important, because some breast cancers are slower growing and less aggressive, and can take up to 25 years to result in dealth. ~ Reuters.com