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6 FActs about breast cancer

1. Breast cancer occurs almost entirely in women

99% of breast cancer cases occur in women. This means that while breast cancer in men is very rare, it does occur.

2. The second leading cause of cancer-related death

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women. Lung cancer is number one.

3. 5-Year Survivor Rate

With early detection, the five-year survival rate for breast cancer is nearly 100%.

4. The chances of developing breast cancer

12% of women – or 1 in 8 – develop breast cancer. The lifetime breast cancer risk for men is 1 in 1,000.

5. Symptoms aren’t the same for everyone

Breast cancer warning signs and breast cancer symptoms can vary greatly. However, don’t assume that you are cancer free because you do not have the typical symptoms. Some women with breast cancer don’t have symptoms at all. This makes regular breast cancer screenings especially important.

6. Mammograms save lives

Mammograms are proven to reduce the rate of death from breast cancer. The Breast Center recommends annual screening mammograms for women starting at age 40. Contact the Breast Center today to discuss screening options.

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