While the majority of breast cancer occurs in women 50 and older, breast cancer also affects younger women.
“About 11% of all new cases of breast cancer in the United States are found in women younger than 45 years of age.”
What may shock you is that men also get breast cancer.
According to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), “In the U.S. in 2018, there will be an estimated 266,120 new cases of invasive breast cancer diagnosis in women, and 2,550 cases diagnosed in men.”
Male breast cancer can exhibit the same symptoms as breast cancer in women, including a lump.
Less than 1% of all breast cancer develops in males.
Early detection of breast cancer increases treatment options and often reduces the risk of dying from breast cancer.
The Centers for Disease Control reports the following:
“Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States, exceeded only by heart disease. One of every four deaths in the United States is due to cancer.
These statistics provide even more reason for early detection and general awareness.
Early detection includes self-examinations, yearly physicals, mammograms and knowing your family health history.
Being proactive can possibly save and prolong your life.