Breast cancer remains a common and, sometimes, deadly cancer among women. According to data compiled by the National Cancer Institute, a U.S. woman who lives to the age of 90 years has a 1 in 8 risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer. With 178,480 cases expected, breast cancer will be the most frequently diagnosed non-skin malignancy in U.S. women in 2007. In the same year, breast cancer will kill approximately 40,460 women, second only to lung cancer as a cause of cancer mortality in women. It is for these reasons that women must be proactive about screening for breast cancer and all breast cancer symptoms.
Fortunately, preventive efforts can slow the disease’s spread and prevent fatalities. Regular, careful screening for breast lumps and other breast cancer symptoms remains the best means of detecting the disease early, when it is most easily treated. It is important for women to recognize all breast cancer symptoms. A comprehensive screening program includes:
Please consult with your physician to learn more about breast cancer symptoms and detection.