MOSELLE, MS (WDAM) - According to the American Cancer Society, in 2015 it is estimated that among U.S. women there will be 231,840 new cases of invasive breast cancer and 40,290 breast cancer deaths.
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women. ACS statistics show that one in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. Statistics also show that a case of breast cancer is diagnosed among women every two minutes, and a woman dies of breast cancer every 13 minutes in the U.S.
All women are at risk for breast cancer. The risk of getting breast cancer increases as you age.
So what can you do? Breast self-examination is an option for women starting in their 20s. Have a mammogram every year starting at age 40 if you are at average risk.
Remember early detection offers the best chance of survival. Talk with your doctor about which screening tests are right for you. Finding breast cancer early may save your life.
According to the American Cancer Society, at this time there are more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.