Breast cancer is a cancer that starts in the cells of the breast in women and men. Early detection is one of the best methods of treating breast cancer, by detecting the cancer while it is relatively small and before it has spread beyond the breast. Further, early detection means identifying the issue before symptoms develop, typically once symptoms are apparent the condition is covering a larger area, therefore already spreading.
Please help yourself and others by spreading the word about how powerful early detection and breast cancer education is!
Please share these facts:
- All women are at risk of getting breast cancer.
- If you know your risk of breast cancer, you can do things that may reduce your risk.
- You can have tests that can find breast cancer early.
- Talk to your doctor about any changes you notice in your breasts.
- It's never too late to adopt healthy behaviors.
- Men do get breast cancer! According to the National Breast Cancer Coalition #BCD2020, while less than 1% of new breast cancer diagnoses occur among men, it is possible for men to develop the disease. Of the approximate 40,420 deaths from breast cancer this year, an estimated 450 of them will be men. For males, the lifetime risk of getting breast cancer is about 1/10th of 1%. Men with mothers carrying the BRCA gene are at greater risk of developing breast cancer. See video.
National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) helps women by providing:
- Free Mammograms
- Early Detection Services
Learn more about NBCF's early detection plan at earlydetectionplan.org to receive reminders to do self exams, schedule clinical exams and mammograms. "Like" National Breast Cancer Foundation on Facebook and follow @NBCF on Twitter.