In 2011 there were 12 million cancer survivors in the U.S., of which 24% were breast cancer survivors. The American Cancer Society just announced in July that there are 13.7 million cancer survivors currently in 2012, again with 1 in 4 being a survivor of breast cancer.
It is predicted that by 2020 the number of cancer survivors will be 22 million just in the USA alone. As baby boomers continue to age, the number of people at risk for breast cancer will continue to grow.
Early detection is key! Remember to stay current on your annual screening and strive to support those women (and the small number of men) who get the news no one wants to hear.
Over the past 20 years breast cancer death rates have fallen by 30%. We have good evidence that this decline is due to:
- Screening Mammography and clinical breast exams by health care providers
- Improvements in treatment at all stages of breast cancer
- Increased awareness that any breast mass/change should be evaluated by a health care provider
To make an appointment for your annual screening, or for more information please call The Breast Center at St. David’s Medical Center at 512.544.8800.