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Wellness Watch - Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women in the United States, behind only skin cancer. It can occur in men and women, but it is much more common in women.

Breast Cancer Fast Facts (source:  Susan G. Komen Foundation)

  • Women have a 1 in 8 lifetime risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer.
  • In 2019, more than 268,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women and more than 2,600 cases in men in the U.S.
  • In 2019, more than 42,000 people in the U.S. are expected to die from breast cancer.
  • Breast cancer deaths in the U.S. declined 40% from 1989 – 2016.
  • There are more than 3.8 million breast cancer survivors living in the U.S.

At Phoebe, we recommend all women 40 and older get an annual mammogram to screen for breast cancer. Every year, Phoebe’s Carlton Breast Health Center performs more than 14,000 mammograms. Learn more about our services here:

Women at high risk of breast cancer should discuss additional screening options with their physicians, and all women should do monthly self-exams. They should see a physician promptly if they discover a lump or other changes in their breasts.

Phoebe’s team approach to cancer care ensures every breast cancer patient can choose the individual treatment plan that is best for her. Plastic surgeon Dr. Mayowa Abiodun is often an important part of that team. She specializes in reconstructive breast surgery. Learn more about the Phoebe Cancer Center and Phoebe Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery by clicking on the links below.