I have to get a what?!: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Rachel Crawford , Managing Editor

Since October is Breast Cancer awareness month, here is what you need to know:

  • One in eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.
  • 116,690 is the estimated number of women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016
  • 39,450 is the estimated number of women who will die of breast cancer in 2016
  • 2,109 is the estimated number of men who will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016
  • 20,100 women died from breast cancer in 2013
  • In the U.S., there are 2.1 million breast cancer survivors

Women are recommended to get their first mammogram at age 40. A mammogram is an x-ray of the breasts, which can help detect cancer after a symptom has been found. According to texashealth.org, women who are over 40 should have a mammogram every one or two years. Women who are under 40 should talk to their health care providers if they have risk factors for breast cancer and how often to schedule a mammogram.

Early symptoms of breast cancer can include a hard lump in your breast or armpit, changes in the size, shape or feel of your breast or nipple or fluid coming from your nipple. Pain and change in breast shape or size can also be signs, though these are usually signs of a benign condition.

(Sources: American Cancer Society and National Breast Cancer Foundation)

 

Donations for breast cancer research can be made to:

Breast Cancer Research Foundation

National Breast Cancer Foundation

American Cancer Society

Susan G. Komen

 

Places to get a mammogram in Stephenville: