May is Illinois Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Every woman has a 1 in 8 lifetime risk of developing breast cancer. More than 80 percent of breast cancers are diagnosed in women with no family history of breast cancer. The biggest risk factors for developing breast cancer are growing older and being a woman. The good news is that when detected in the earliest stages, breast cancer is almost 97 percent curable.
Practice good breast health by following the American Cancer Societys (ACS) guidelines for the early detection of breast cancer. ACS recommends that women ages 20-39 do a breast self-exam every month and have a clinical breast exam by a health care professional performed every three years. Women aged 40 and over should follow the ACS guidelines by having a mammogram every year, having a yearly clinical breast exam performed by a health care professional and do monthly breast self-exams. For more information on breast cancer or for other cancer-related questions, please contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit their website at www.cancer.org.