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Globally, there are about 1.38 million new cases and 458,000 deaths from breast cancer each year. An estimated 252,710 new invasive cases of breast cancer are expected to occur among women in the United States during 2020 and about 2,470 new cases of breast cancer are expected in men in 2020. In total, an estimated 40,610 deaths (40,170 women and 440 men) are anticipated from breast cancer in 2020.  These numbers have steadily decreased since 1990. The American Cancer Society states the decrease represents progress in both earlier detection and improved treatment.

Gender and age are the main risk factors.  As age increases, so does the risk for developing

breast cancer. The American Cancer Society is encouraging women to fight breast cancer by taking charge of their personal breast health. To reduce risk factors, take the following steps: begin monthly self-breast exams at age 20; have a baseline mammogram by age 40, and then a mammogram every year after age 40. Women who do this will find a lump at a much earlier time. The earlier cancer is found, the better the survival rate. Early detection is the key.

Besides a monthly self-breast exam, annual breast physical exams by a health care professional and the annual mammogram, women are encouraged to make healthier lifestyle choices. Eating healthy, having an exercise routine, and maintaining a healthy weight is also important. A healthy diet should include fruits, vegetables, whole grains and rice and limit fats, sweets, alcohol and totally avoiding tobacco products.

Download the full self-awareness guide and checklist.