Here are some important facts and statistics on breast cancer:
- Over 85% of women diagnosed with breast cancer had no family history of this disease.
- Once women reach their 40's and 50's, most are told to get an annual mammogram, which many doctors see as the most effective tool to detect breast cancer. However, the value of mammograms is now in dispute.
- Exercising on a regular basis, maintaining a healthy weight and limiting alcohol consumption are some of the most effective ways to prevent breast cancer.
- The chances of surviving breast cancer largely depends on the stage in which the disease has entered. For those diagnosed with stage 0 breast cancer, in 2001 and 2002,the five year survival rate was 93% while those in stage IV was 15% during the same period.