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Breast Services Patient Education

Screenings can help protect you from a leading killer.

While there are many types of breast disease, few draw as much attention or as much concern as breast cancer. Every year, scientists and doctors conduct millions of dollars worth of research to better understand and treat breast cancer. Their efforts have been successful: the five-year survival rate for localized cancer has increased from just 72 percent 50 years ago to better than 95 percent today.

The American Cancer Society estimates for breast cancer in the United States for 2013 are:
  • About 232,340 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women.
  • About 64,640 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will be diagnosed (CIS is non-invasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer).
  • About 39,620 women will die from breast cancer
Fortunately, there's solid evidence that a regular routine of monthly breast self-exams, mammograms, and physical exams by doctors can identify breast cancer at an early, treatable stage, reducing the number of deaths.

This section will help you learn more about breast cancer and other breast diseases. More importantly, it will help you learn the simple steps you can take to protect yourself.