District 15 Zontians
Support & Celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness
The earlier breast cancer is found, the better the chances for successful treatment. A mammogram can often show breast changes that may be cancer before physical symptoms develop; however, some cancers that are not seen on a mammogram may still be felt by a woman or her health care provider. For this reason, the American Cancer Society recommends the following guidelines for finding breast cancer early:
• Women age 40 and older should have a mammogram every year and should continue to do so for as long as they are in good health.
• Women in their 20s and 30s should have a clinical breast exam (CBE) by a health professional at least every 3 years. After age 40, women should have a CBE every year.
. Women should know how their breasts normally look and feel and report any breast change to a health care provider right away. Breast self-examination (BSE) is an option for women starting in their 20s.
Breast Cancer Hotline
Breast Cancer in the U.S.
* New Cases: women, 230,480;
* Deaths: women, 39,520 men; 450
* 5-year relative survival rate for localized stage: 98%
* 5-year relative survival rate for all stages combined: 89%