According to statistics from the American Cancer Society (ACS), nearly 230,480 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 2011, and another 57,650 will be diagnosed with carcinoma in situ (CIS), a non-invasive, early form of breast cancer.
Breast cancer remains a leading cause of cancer death in women, second only to lung cancer. More than 39,500 women will die from the disease in 2011. One woman in every eight will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in her lifetime.
Since only about 5 to 10 percent of breast cancers are hereditary, prevention can play a key role in a woman’s risk management strategy.
“Curves mission has always been to strengthen women,” according to the staff of Curves of Pukalani. “Typically, women are caregivers, but when it comes to breast cancer, women need to understand how important it is to take care of themselves. Scheduling an annual doctor visit, performing a monthly breast self exam, eating a nutritious diet and making time for regular exercise are all things that a woman can do to stay strong and help reduce her chances of developing this devastating disease.”
Early detection is the next line of defense, since about 93 percent of women whose breast cancer is caught in its earliest stages will be healthy and disease-free five years after their diagnosis and treatment.
Guidelines from the ACS encourage women age 40 and older to have a Clinical Breast Exam (CBE) performed by a health professional once a year, along with a mammogram. Women in their 20s and 30s should have a CBE at least every three years.
“The good news is that the ACS says that death rates from breast cancer have been declining since about 1990, with larger decreases in women younger than 50,” according to Curves of Pukalani staff. “Our goal is to see breast cancer statistics continue to reflect the positive impact that education and awareness can have.”