While research and treatments are always advancing, the most effective tool we have to fight breast cancer hasn’t changed: early detection.
Breast cancer early detection is so important simply because cancer’s inherent danger is how quickly it can spread. The sooner a tumor is found, the faster a doctor can work to isolate and remove it, preventing the cancerous cells from spreading to other parts of the body. Statistics show that when breast cancer is caught at its earliest stage, the 5-year survival rate is 99% (1). Once it has spread to other organs, that rate drops to 27% (1). This is why it essential that you practice the three methods of early detection.
The 3-Pronged Approach to Early Detection:
Click each method to learn more:
- Howlader N, Noone AM, Krapcho M, Miller D, Brest A, Yu M, Ruhl J, Tatalovich Z, Mariotto A, Lewis DR, Chen HS, Feuer EJ, Cronin KA (eds). SEER Cancer Statistics Review, 1975-2017, National Cancer Institute. Bethesda, MD, https://seer.cancer.gov/csr/1975_2017/, based on November 2019 SEER data submission, posted to the SEER web site, April 2020.