Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women.  Each year in the United States, more than 200,000 women get breast cancer and more than 40,000 women die from the disease.  Men also get breast cancer, but it is not very common. Less than 1% of breast cancers occur in men.

Most breast cancers are found in women who are 50 years old or older, but breast cancer also affects younger women.  About 10% of all new cases of breast cancer in the United States are found in women younger than 45 years of age.

Getting mammograms regularly can lower the risk of dying from breast cancer. The United States Preventive Services Task Force recommends that if you are 50 to 74 years old, be sure to have a screening mammogram every two years. If you are 40 to 49 years old, talk to your doctor about when to start and how often to get a screening mammogram.

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