Breast Cancer… Fact or Myth?
Breast cancer can’t happen to me. I don’t have any risk factors.
–Just being a woman and aging are the two greatest factors for getting breast cancer.
–The most common cancer diagnosed in women in the U.S. is breast cancer.
–The majority of women with breast cancer have no known risk factors.
–An estimated 203,500 women were diagnosed with breast cancer in the U.S.
in 2002 and approximately 39,600 women died from breast cancer.
Now that I am in my fifties, I no longer have to worry about getting breast cancer.
–As women get older, their chances of getting breast cancer actually increases.
–over 75% of breast cancers are found in women age 50 or older.
If I get breast cancer, I’ll die from it.
–When breast cancer is diagnosed at an early stage, over 96% of these women survive for
more than five years.
I can’t afford to have a mammogram.
–Medicare and most insurance plans help pay for a screening mammogram once every 12 months for women over 40 and older.
Mammograms are unsafe and painful.
–Mammograms give only minimal exposure to radiation.
–Some pressure on the breasts is needed to get a clear x-ray, but it only lasts a few
I’ve had one mammogram; Do I need more?
–Breast Cancer can occur at any time. That is why it is so important to get regular
mammograms–not just one.
–The American College of Radiology and the American Cancer Society recommends
that women over the age of 40 have mammograms every year.
–When a woman has annual mammograms, a radiologist can compare the x-rays
from one year to the next year.
— Comparing one year to the next year helps detect subtle changes in the breast
and helps detect breast cancer in its earliest stages.
Call any one of our five locations and schedule your mammogram today, because survival depends upon early diagnosis.