October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and at HCA Midwest Health and Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute, we are dedicated to continuing to deliver world class care in the prevention and treatment of this disease. We want to take the time this month to celebrate survivors and their loved ones, raise awareness around the importance of early detection and screening, spotlight the advances in treatment options, and provide more information on our multidisciplinary approach to holistic care.
Here are a few fast facts you should know about Breast Cancer:
- One in eight women will be impacted by breast cancer in their lifetime.
- In the United States, it is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women
- After lung cancer, it is the second leading cause of cancer death.
- Every year in the United States, more than 250,000 women will be diagnosed breast cancer and 42,000 women die from the disease.
- Most breast cancers are found in women who are 50 years old or older, but breast cancer can also affect younger women.
- Men can also be impacted by breast cancer, but it is not as common. About 1 out of every 100 breast cancers diagnosed in the United States affects a man.
- Early detection is the most effective way of surviving the cancer. When found early, the chance of curing is promising; exceeding over 90 percent.
HCA Midwest Health and Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute provide a comprehensive range of early detection and prevention programs for breast cancer including mammography, clinical breast exams, enhanced surveillance, and genetic counseling and testing. If you would like more information about breast cancer, visit HCAMidwest.com/cancer.