Breast Imaging | Breast Cancer Facts
Breast cancer is one of the most common type of non-skin cancer among women in the United States accounting for nearly 1 in 4 cancers in US women. Below are additional facts on breast cancer:
- One out of eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime.
- Most breast lumps are NOT cancer. More than 80% of biopsied breast abnormalities are proven benign. New, less invasive needle biopsy procedures permit evaluation of breast abnormalities without surgery.
- Most women who are diagnosed with breast cancer survive. If detected early, breast cancer has a five-year survival rate of more than 95 percent.
- Know your risk factors. There are many risk factor for developing breast cancer- age, family history, hormonal history are but a few. Talk to you doctor to determine if you considered high risk.
- Breast Cancer can affect men. Approximately 2000 men each year will be diagnosed with breast cancer.
- Women may develop breast cancer even if they have no family history.
Recommended Health Plan
- Perform a Breast Self Exam Every Month. Women over 20 years of age.
- See your Physician or Gynecologist for a Clinical Breast Exam Once a Year. Women over 20 years of age
- Have a Mammogram Once a Year. Women over 40 and earlier for high risk patients. If you are not sure if you are high risk, consult your doctor.
The American College of Radiology (ACR) and the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) provide descriptions of various mammography tests and other procedures on their website: Radiology Info. RadiologyInfo answers patient questions related to many radiologic procedures and therapies.