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Breast Cancer Facts

  • One in eight women in the United States will develop breast cancer in her lifetime.
  • Male breast cancer can occur at any age, but is most common in older men.
  • Breast cancer is caused by an uncontrolled growth of
    breast cells.
  • Often there are no symptoms of breast cancer, but the first sign is typically a lump or abnormality in the breast.
  • Symptoms can include breast pain, nipple discharge other than breast milk, a lump under the arm, swelling of all or part of the breast, or skin irritation.
  • The most significant risk factors for breast cancer are age, gender, and medical or family history.
  • Simple risk factors for breast cancer that can be controlled are diet, weight, exercise, stress and anxiety.

Need to Know: Mammography Recommended Yearly

Let’s clear up some confusing information out there surrounding mammography. Here are some facts:

  • The American Cancer Society and the Breast Center at St Joseph recommends women age 40 and older should have a mammogram every year and continue to do so for as long as they are in good health.
  • Approximately 60 percent of eligible insured women are receiving their annual screening mammograms. That means 40 percent are not getting their annual screenings.
  • Lack of age appropriate breast screening has resulted in breast cancer being detected at a later, more
    advanced stage.
  • Screening programs have successfully reduced mortality rates over the last six decades.
  • Annual screening mammograms can detect breast cancer at an early stage.
  • Ninety-five percent of early stage breast cancers are considered curable.
  • This mortality improvement counts as a remarkable public health achievement.

Mammography is still the best screening tool used today to find breast cancer. Although mammography can potentially miss some cancer diagnosis, with advancements in technology such as digital 2-D & 3-D tomosynthesis and computer-aided detection (CAD) diagnosing breast cancer at an earlier stage has become much more successful.

The Breast Center at St. Joseph provides state-of-the-art mammography from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday-Thursday, and walk-in mammograms from 8-11:30 a.m., and 1-4 p.m. You don't need a physician referral for a mammogram. To schedule an appointment with the Breast Center at St. Joseph, call 816-943-3173.