Roughly one in eight women will develop breast cancer. Luckily, thanks to advances in early detection and treatment, most women survive it, but the best possible scenario is to avoid it altogether.
Apart from skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, affecting roughly one in eight. While that percentage has remained static for decades, the average 5-year survival rate has risen to 90%. When breast cancer is discovered early, while isolated within the breast, the 5-year survival rate jumps to 99%, making early discovery paramount.
Your health is about much more than you, it’s also about the people in your life who care about and depend on you to be around for a long time. And sure, there are plenty of reasons to put off getting a regular screening mammogram: discomfort, inconvenience, fear. It may be safe to say that most women feel at least some hesitation when considering screening.