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REMEMBER, EARLY DETECTION HELPS SAVE LIVES Be   sure   you   and   your   loved   ones   follow   the   recommended   guidelines   from   the   American   Cancer Society   for   early   detection   of   breast   cancer.   If   there   is   a   history   of   breast   cancer   in   your   family   consult your doctor on the need to begin these steps at an earlier age. Women   should   know   how   their   breasts   normally   look   and   feel   and   report   any   breast   change   promptly to their health care providers. Yearly   mammograms   with   a   clinical   breast   exam   are   recommended   starting   at   age   40   and   continuing for as long as woman is in good health. Clinical   breast   exam   (CBE)   should   be   part   of   a   periodic   health   exam,   about   every   3   years   for   women   in their 20s and 30s. Breast self-exam (BSE) is an option for women starting in their 20s. Women at high risk (greater than 20% lifetime risk) should get an MRI and a mammogram every year. Yearly MRI screening is not recommended for women of average risk of breast cancer. IMPORTANT FACTS ABOUT BREAST CANCER IN THE U.S. A woman has a 1 in 8 chance of developing breast cancer in her lifetime Every 3 minutes, there is a new diagnosis of invasive breast cancer. Approximately 230,480 women and 2,140 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. Every 13 minutes, a life is lost to breast cancer. 39,520 women and 450 men in the U.S. will die from the disease annually. The   National   Cancer   Institute   estimates   that   approximately   2.6   million   U.S.   women   with   a   history   of breast   cancer   are   living   today,   more   than   half   of   whom   were   diagnosed   less   than   10   years   earlier.   Most of    these    individuals    were    cancer-free,    while    others    still    had    evidence    of    cancer    and    may    still    be undergoing treatment. There   are   more   than   250,000   women   under   the   age   of   40   in   the   U.S   living   with   breast   cancer,   and   over 11,000 will be diagnosed this year. White,   non-Hispanic   women   are   more   likely   to   develop   breast   cancer   but African-American   women   are more likely to die from it. Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among Hispanic women. MEN GET BREAST CANCER, TOO Survival   for   men   with   breast   cancer   is   similar   to   survival   for   women,   when   their   stage   of   diagnosis   is the same. Men   at   any   age   may   develop   breast   cancer,   but   it   is   usually   found   in   men   between   60   and   70   years   of age. Male breast cancer makes up less than 1% of all cases of breast cancer. Male   breast   cancer   is   sometimes   caused   by   inherited   gene   mutations,   and   a   family   history   of   breast cancer can increase a man’s risk.
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