Posted on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 by Health_and_Fitness
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Even though most of us are aware of the pink ribbons and Race for the Cure events around the country, many women still overlook the importance of monitoring their own health. Being proactive in checking for possible signs of breast cancer is extremely important for ALL women. Breast cancer can be diagnosed through multiple tests, including a mammogram, ultrasound, MRI and biopsy. When breast cancer is detected early, at a localized stage, the survival rate is 98%. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point during her life. After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common kind of cancer in women. The good news? Many women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early. A mammogram – the screening test for breast cancer – can help find breast cancer early. Early detection includes doing monthly breast self-exams, and scheduling regular clinical breast exams and mammograms.
The X-Plain Patient Education Center from MedlinePlus (National Library of Medicine) offers an informative tutorial to help women learn more about breast cancer.