The National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.., states “When breast cancer is detected early, and is in the localized stage, the 5-year relative survival rate is 100%. Early detection includes doing monthly breast self-exams, and scheduling regular clinical breast exams and mammograms.”
Women in their 20's and 30's should have a clinical breast exam about every 3 years and self-exams should begin even earlier, especially if there is a history of breast cancer in your family. In addition to performing self-exams, once a woman enters their 40's, it is recommended to have a yearly mammogram. Mammograms can detect tumors before they can be felt which is key to early detection.
Women are not the only ones affected because men get breast cancer as well. Last week Mathew Knowles revealed he is battling breast cancer. The National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.., states “each year it is estimated that approximately 2,190 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 410 will die. While this percentage is still small, men should also check themselves periodically by doing a breast self-exam while in the shower and reporting any changes to their physicians. Breast cancer in men is usually detected as a hard lump underneath the nipple and areola. Men carry a higher mortality than women do, primarily because awareness among men is less and they are less likely to assume a lump is breast cancer, which can cause a delay in seeking treatment.”
Remember to always call your doctor whenever you have concerns.