Buddy Check11 is designed to educate Kentuckiana on the benefits of early detection. Buddy Check11 will provide Kentuckiana with monthly reminders to do an exam, timely medical information and personal stories of triumph from local breast cancer survivors. On the 11th of every month, WHAS11 goes PINK for breast cancer awareness.
Breast Health Basics
Learn the Facts
Each year, more than 200,000 women in the U.S. are expected to be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer and nearly 40,000 women are expected to die from the disease. Except for skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women today. Early detection and effective treatment for breast cancer have been shown to improve survival.
Am I at Risk for Breast Cancer?
All women are at risk for breast cancer. The most common risk factors for breast cancer are being female and growing older. Most women who get breast cancer have no other known risk factors. Although breast cancer is more common in women over the age of 40, younger women can also get breast cancer.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Recommends That You:
- Talk to your family to learn about your family health history
- Talk to your doctor about your personal risk of breast cancer
- Ask your doctor which screening tests are right for you if you are at a higher risk
- Have a mammogram every year starting at age 40 if you are at average risk
- Have a clinical breast exam at least every 3 years starting at age 20, and every year starting at age 40
- Know how your breasts normally look and feel and report any changes to your doctor
- Make healthy lifestyle choices that may reduce your risk of breast cancer