Breast Cancer
Monday, October 20, 2008

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Itís set aside to increase awareness of breast cancer issues. Dr. Edward Hill gives us some important information on breast cancer in todayís 60 Second Housecall.

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in women. If it hasn't already, breast cancer will likely touch you or someone you know. The disease will strike more than 200,000 times this year and claim more than 40,000 lives.

Every woman is at risk for breast cancer, and that risk increases with age. Seventy percent of those diagnosed have no risk factors and 85 percent have no family history of breast cancer.

Because of earlier detection and better treatment options, the survival rates for breast cancer are improving. Most women diagnosed with breast cancer will survive more than 10 years.  More than two million women in this country are breast cancer survivors.  When breast cancer is found early and confined to the breast, 95 percent of women will be alive five years later.

Breast cancer is not unique to women.  One out of every 100 breast cancers occurs in men.  So men also need to learn early detection methods.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Edward Hill.