October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we wanted to share some sobering, new facts as well as ways you can get started to be screened. Women age 40 and over are now recommended to start breast cancer screenings & mammograms – per the United States Preventative Task Force.
This year in the U.S. alone:
- 297,790 estimated new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women
- 51,400 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer will also be diagnosed
- 65% of breast cancer cases get diagnosed at the localized stage (no signs that it has spread outside the breast), translating to a 5-year relative survival rate of 99%
- 43,550 women will die from breast cancer
When Should I Get Screened?
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently updated their recommendations, advising women to begin regular mammogram screenings at age 40 instead of age 50. This change reflects new evidence supporting the benefits of earlier screening. Starting annual mammograms at 40 provides the best chance to detect breast cancer in its early stages when it is most treatable. See the short video below.
Regular screening mammograms save lives by finding breast cancers early. Be sure to talk to your doctor or healthcare team about the best breast cancer screening schedule for you.
Take the Mammo Pledge!
CHC patients who get their mammogram during the month of October can enter into a raffle drawing to win a $25 gift card!