- One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.
- Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.
- Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women.
- Each year it is estimated that over 220,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die
- Although breast cancer in men is rare, an estimated 2,150 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 410 will die each year
The combination of mammography, regular breast exams by your health care provider, and being aware of changes in your breasts may be the best way to find breast cancer early, when it is more easily treated. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that women begin having mammograms to screen for breast cancer every year beginning at age 40 years. Talk to your health care provider about the benefits and risks of screening mammography.
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