Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women (after lung cancer). Although African-American women have a slightly lower incidence of breast cancer after age 40 than Caucasian women, they have a slightly higher incidence rate of breast cancer before age 40. However, African-American women are more likely to die from breast cancer at every age. Breast cancer is much less common in males; by comparison, the disease is about 100 times more common among women.
It is important for women to practice the elements of good breast health. It is suggested women:
•Obtain regular mammography screening starting at the age of 40
•Obtain annual clinical breast exams
•Perform monthly breast-self exams
•Obtain a risk assessment from your physician
You know someone or know someone who knows someone or is related to someone who has lost someone to Breast Cancer. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Let’s do something like schedule mammagrams or encourage others to do so. C~
In loving memory of MJM.
Originally posted 10/30/2011