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Houlton Regional Hospital – Healthcare for Northern Maine

Breast Cancer Awareness

October 13th, 2017

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

L: Casie Miller, RT (R) M CT  and Wanda Parks, RT (R) M

Screening Mammography is one of the most effective tools for cancer detection. Early detection is critical in increasing the cure rate for Breast Cancer. One in eight women will develop Breast Cancer, in their lifetime. In 2017, it is estimated there will be 252,710 new cases of Invasive Breast Cancer diagnosed. Although it is rare, Breast Cancer also affects men. This year, it is estimated there will be 2,470 new cases of Invasive Breast Cancer in males.

The most significant risk factors for Breast Cancer are gender (being female) and age (getting older). A women’s risk of Breast Cancer nearly doubles if she has a 1st degree relative (mother, sister, daughter) who has been diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Although, genetics can play a large part, about 85% of Breast Cancer occurs with women with no family history of Breast Cancer.

The warning signs of Breast Cancer are not the same for all women. Be sure to notify your Health Care Provider of any changes or concerns. The American College of Radiology still recommends beginning annual screening Mammography at age 40.

 

Houlton Regional Hospital     207-532-2900    Radiology Dept.  207-521-2225