October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Research is still being done, but the fact still remains that breast cancer kills if not detected early. According to the National Cancer Institute, "Breast cancer affects one in eight women during their lives. It kills more women in the U.S. than any cancer except for lung cancer."
It is of great importance for women to know the signs and be aware of their risks so that early treatment may begin before the cancer spreads in their body. Women and men should both seek assistance from their health care provider at any age if they feel a lump or any abnormality in their breasts. If a woman is between the ages of 40-49 years, it is important to discuss the pros and cons of screening mammography with their medical provider. As of 2014, the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force recommends women without a family history of the disease get a screening mammogram every two years from age fifty to seventy-four years.
To obtain more information about breast cancer prevention and early detection, please see: www.cancer.org.
Resource: National Cancer Institute