Preventing Breast Cancer

“Investigators from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), found that mammography screening rates dropped nearly 4% from 2000 to 2005.”

  • Breast cancer prevention depends on early screening and awareness. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and DMS strongly recommends that all women practice the elements of good breast health.
  • Obtain a yearly screening mammogram starting at the age of 40
  • Obtain annual clinical breast exams: Perform monthly breast-self exams.
  • Obtain a risk assessment from a physician.

If detected early, breast cancer has a 5-year survival rate of over 95%. The mortality rate for breast cancer could decrease by 30% if all women over the age of 50 had a mammogram.

Resources:

American Cancer Society: 800-227-2345 www.cancer.org

Food and Drug Administration: www.fda.gov

Komen Foundation: 800-462-9273 www.komen.org

National Cancer Institute: 800-4CANCER 800-422-6237 www.nci.nih.gov

National Alliance of Breast Cancer Organizations: 888-806-2226 www.nabco.org

Y-ME Breast Cancer Advocacy Organization: 800-221-2141 www.y-me.org

Informational site about digital mammography: www.HerSource.com