Breast Cancer Awareness Month occurs every October since 1985. Through its strategic partnerships and successful organized charity events, the awareness month has raised millions of dollars for research, which ultimately helped increase the survival rate in women who have detected breast cancer in its early stages. In fact, the five-year survival rate is now 98%. Here are some helpful tips to aid in early detection!
Know the Risks
Starting in the early twenties, women should know the importance and even the limitations of self exams. While it’s not a foolproof plan for detecting the disease, it can help detect abnormalities. Early detection is key.
The best way to detect breast cancer is to get a mammogram, which is essentially an x-ray of your breasts. There are two types:
Screening for breast cancer occurs when there appears to be no problem at all. However, if something is detected through a screening, the more thorough diagnostic mammogram will be utilized. The more often you to get these procedures, the less you have to worry. Again, the important stat is, if detected early, the five-year survival rate is 98%. That’s pretty high, but it’s always nice to shoot for 100%.
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