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The Breast Center

Facts & Tips

Breast Cancer Awareness Facts and Tips

  • Yearly mammograms are recommended starting at age 40 and continuing for as long as you are in good health.
  • Clinical breast exam (CBE) should be part of your periodic health exam. Yearly for women 40 and over and about every 3 years for women in their 20s and 30s.
  • Know how your breasts normally feel and report any breast change promptly to your health care providers. Breast self-exam (BSE) is important for women starting in their 20s.
  • Women at high risk should get an MRI and a mammogram every year. Women at moderately increased risk should talk with their doctors about the benefits and limitations of adding MRI screening to their yearly mammogram. Yearly MRI screening is not recommended for women whose lifetime risk of breast cancer is less than 15%.
  • 85% of all diagnoses have no family history.
  • 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Breast cancer is the leading cause of death in women between ages 40 and 55.
  • Every 2 minutes, there is a new breast cancer diagnosis.
  • Every 14 minutes, a life is lost to the disease.
  • Over 40,000 people will die this year of breast cancer; about 400 of them will be men.
  • In the United States, breast cancer is the most common non-skin cancer and the second leading cause of cancer-related death in women. Each year, a small number of men also are diagnosed with or die from breast cancer. Although the breast cancer diagnosis rate has increased, there has been a steady drop in the overall breast cancer death rate since the early 1990's.
  • Women at high-risk with dense breasts should consult with their doctor about the benefits and limitations of adding MRI to their annual mammography screening.
  • Mammography remains the most sensitive modality for detection of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS).

Brittle Bones: The Facts

  • About Osteoporosis Osteoporosis threatens more than 44 million people aged 50 or older in the U.S. about 10 million already have osteoporosis.
  • 80% of people affected by osteoporosis are women. Postmenopausal women are at greater risk.
  • One in Two women older than 50 will suffer an osteoporosis-related fracture in her lifetime.


Tips for Keeping Bones Strong

  • Maintain adequate calcium and vitamin D intake.
  • Comply with osteoporosis medication regimens.
  • Exercise to increase strength, flexibility and balance.
  • Regularly visit your healthcare provider and get a bone density test.
  • Avoid excessive alcohol use and smoking.