From Women's Psych-E: Women and Breast Cancer:

 

* an estimated 215,990 cases of breast cancer are expected to occur among women in 2004

* the earliest sign of breast cancer is an abnormality that shows up on a mammogram before it can be felt by a woman or her health care provider

* when diagnosed early, the 5-year relative survival rate for localized breast cancer is 97%

* 70% of breast cancer cases occur in women who have no identifiable risk factors

* White, Hawaiian, and Black women have the highest levels of breast cancer risk

* Black women have the highest mortality rate due to breast cancer. Relative to White women, a larger percentage of Black women with breast cancers are diagnosed at a later, less treatable stage.

* 30% of all women over the age of forty are NOT getting regular mammograms

* This year 1,450 American men will be diagnosed with breast cancer

Source: American Cancer Society, National Cancer Institute

 

OCTOBER IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

In 2004, an estimated 215,990 new cases of breast cancer are expected to occur among U.S. women. This year, the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month campaign celebrates 20 years of educating women about breast cancer,

especially the importance of detecting the disease in its earliest stages through screening mammography, clinical, and self breast examination. For more information, see http://www.nbcam.org/index.cfm .

 

National Mammography Day: October 15

As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, on October 15, as well as throughout the month, radiologists will provide discounted or free screening mammograms. In 2003, more than 705 American College of Radiology (ACR)

accredited facilities took part. For local facility referrals, see http://www.nbcam.org/about_mammography.cfm .

 

A directory for cancer resources and support organizations: http://www.cancermaster.com

 

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