Approximately 12 percent of women in the US will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS).
October marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month and is an ideal time to learn more about the disease. Here are some things to consider:
• Screening improves the chances of early detection of breast cancer, when it is easier to treat. Follow the ACS’s guidelines for detection. Their recommendations include that women age 40 and older have a mammogram annually, and that women in their 20s and 30s have a clinical breast exam during their regular health exam — preferably every three years.
• Healthy lifestyle choices can help reduce one’s risk for developing breast cancer: eat a healthful diet, get regular physical activity and reduce alcohol intake.
• Volunteer and fundraising opportunities abound that support the fight against breast cancer. To learn more about how you can get involved, visit www.Cancer.org.