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A Few Breast Cancer Facts

Breast cancer will strike 1 in 8 women. Breast Cancer incidence is expected to double by the year 2040. Incidence of breast cancer in women 45 and younger is increasing every year by 3%. There is a new diagnosis of invasive breast cancer every three minutes. Every 69 seconds someone in the world dies from breast cancer. There will be an estimated 39,620 breast cancer related deaths in the United States in 2013. This year, there will be an estimated 232,340 new cases of women diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States plus, an additional 2,240 cases in men). In Arizona, it is estimated that over 4,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014. Less than 10% of all breast cancer is traced to hereditary factors. Lack of proper nutrition, toxins in the environment and other factors accounts for 90% of breast cancer. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among  American women. White women have the highest risk of developing breast cancer. African American women have a lower risk of developing breast cancer than white women, but the death rate associated with breast cancer in African American women is significantly higher. Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among Hispanic women, and within this population it is more often found in the later stage. According to the American Cancer Society, death rates from breast cancer have been declining.  The decline is attributed to the increase in early detection through breast health awareness, screening and improved treatment. 70% of all breast cancer is found through self-exams followed by mammograms. If you find breast cancer in the early stages, with treatment you have close to 100% chance of survival.

Don't be a Chump! Check for a Lump!

Perform a breast self-exam today. Look for any changes in your breasts, such as differences in texture, size, and shape, lumps, bumps, swelling, nipple discharge, and dimpling of the breast. Check throughout the breast and into the armpits, which are often the first place breast cancer will travel.  Contact your doctor immediately if you notice anything different or suspicious.
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