Think you know the risks associated with breast cancer? Let’s take a closer look at the impact of early detection and access to treatment! To check out the infographic below, you can select it for a closer look or scroll below it for the text version.
👉 When you’re done, don’t forget to explore my Breast Cancer Awareness blog post series.
💡 The More You Know
Mammography 👉 uses low-energy X-rays to examine breasts and detect lumps or abnormal growths.
About 1 in 8 women in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetime — mammograms are the ONLY method proven to reduce this with early detection.
Early detection is key 🔑
Early diagnoses and access to more (and less extensive!) treatment options equals increased chances of survival. Knowing sooner reduces your risk of dying from breast cancer by 25% to 30% or more.
Are you at high risk for breast cancer? Schedule a mammography screening as soon as you can if you have:
📈 Older = More Critical
The probability of developing breast cancer within 10 years is 1 in 68 after age 40, 1 in 43 after age 50 and 1 in 28 after age 60.
👩⚕️ Doctor’s orders: Start the conversation with your healthcare provider at 40 to define your risk and identify the right time to being annual mammograms.
No risk factors? No excuses — get your breasts checked! About 85% of breast cancers occur in women who have no family history of the disease.
🛑 Myth: It’s OK to miss mammograms
✅ Truth: Missing even one mammogram screening can be FATAL.
A 24-year study of almost 550,000 women found that women who skip even one mammography before a breast cancer diagnosis face a significantly higher risk of dying from cancer.
Remember: Mammograms correctly identify 87% of breast cancers at early stages. The remaining 13% can go undetected if you don’t pair regular clinical breast exams with mammograms.
Infographic provided by Dr. Savita Ginde.