Breast Cancer Risks & Prevention

October 1, 2021

Are you aware of your risks? Breast cancer affects hundreds of thousands of Americans every year, but early detection and treatment can greatly reduce your risk of a life-threatening situation. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, get the facts and learn what you can do to ensure many more years.

Statistics

According to the Centers for Disease Control, breast cancer is the second most common cancer among American women, excluding some forms of skin cancer. About 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer at some point in their lives. Breastcancer.org estimates 281,550 new cases of breast cancer in 2021 along with 49,290 cases of non-invasive breast cancer. In addition, an estimated 2,650 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in men.

Risks

Numerous factors can affect your odds of a breast cancer diagnosis, according to the CDC. Unfortunately, some breast cancer risks cannot be avoided. These can include any of the following:

Some risks can be controlled and even avoided, including any of the following:

Prevention

Though some risks can’t be changed — like family history or genetics — some risks like lifestyle choices can help decrease your risk of a diagnosis. Early detection of breast cancer can provide a five-year survival rate of 100%.

Reduce your risk of breast cancer by making the following lifestyle changes:

To schedule your 3D mammogram, contact the Culbertson Memorial Hospital Imaging Department at (217) 322-4321 ext. 5279.