Cancer is a frightening word for a for frightening disease. But there are things that you can do to stay one step ahead of breast cancer.
One of the most important steps you can take are regular breast exams at a Planned Parenthood near you.
Early detection is the key to saving your life.
Following skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in American women today. Approximately 200,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year in the United States and 40,000 women will die from it. Men are at risk too - approximately 1,700 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and 450 will die each year.
Nationally, Planned Parenthood provides approximately 830,000 breast exams every year.
Why is Early Detection Important?
Early detection saves countless lives every year. The earlier breast cancer is found, the easier it is to treat. Breast cancer that is found early is usually much smaller and less likely to have spread beyond the breasts to other parts of your body.
How Often Should I Get a Clinical Breast Cancer Screening?
The American Cancer Society recommends regular clinical breast exams:
- For women 20-39: Every three years
- For women 40 and older: Once every year
Things to Know:
- Regular screenings are essential to early detection.
- Early detection means higher possibility of treatment.
Remember, while your monthly self exams are important, professional health center breast exams are necessary. This way, experienced health care providers can let you know if your breasts have any lumps or problems.
Whether you think you found a lump during your self-exam or it's just time for a regular check up - call 1-800-230-PLAN(7526) or visit your local Planned Parenthood health center to schedule a screening and get a professional opinion.