- approximately 230,480 new cases of invasive Breast Cancer in women. This does not include the cases where Breast Cancer returns to women who had gone into remission prior to the return.
- an estimated 57,650 cases of carcinoma in situ (the non-invasive early stage of Breast Cancer).
- about 39,520 women will DIE from Breast Cancer.
Breast Cancer is the second highest killer of women when it comes to cancers. (Lung Cancer being the #1) The number of deaths has been declining since 1990 and is thought to be because of the increase in early detection.
With my grandmother having been a Breast Cancer Survivor, I have always had a heightened nervousness when it comes to Breast Cancer. My fear of finding a lump, according to some, may raise my chances of having the disease. In my opinion, my stronger that average fear simple makes me more aware of the possibilites. It makes me research and stay on top of checking & keeping that extra eye out. If, for some reason, I happen to find a lump- I'm determined to catch it in it's earliest stages. Breast Cancer will not sneak up on me.
I have received a breast exam from my doctor once a year since I was the young age of 16. The recommendation is for women in their 20s & 30s to get a breast exam atleast once every three years. This goes with doing regular self exams at home. Women 40 and older should get an exam once every year. With self exams also being done at home.
Early Detection really is the key!