Five Things to Tell Your Friends about Breast Cancer

October celebrates National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a campaign that has boosted mammogram use, pushed for better treatments, and saved lives.

Since 1990, death rates from the disease have declined, but challenges remain. Low income women are less likely to have had a mammogram because they may not have access to affordable mammography. Other women don’t get a yearly mammogram – which is needed to find cancer at an early, treatable stage. All women are at risk for breast cancer – even those who have no family history of the disease.

Five Things to Tell Your Friends about Breast Cancer

1. The two greatest risk factors for breast cancer are being a woman and age.

2. Survival rates are highest for women who find and report breast changes early to their doctor. Beginning at age 40 get a yearly mammogram and start receiving yearly clinical breast exams by your doctor. At age 20 women should get a clinical breast exam every three years and talk with their doctor about breast self-examination.

3. Smart strategies to reduce your risk of cancer include regular physical activity, maintaining a healthy weight, and limiting alcohol intake.

4. Through early detection and improved treatment, more women than ever are surviving breast cancer.

5. Tell your friends, your family – any women you care about, to get a mammogram. You could save a life.

Five Ways the American Cancer Society Fights Breast Cancer

1. Unraveling the mystery of cancer through groundbreaking research.

2. Saving lives by encouraging early cancer detection.

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