There's good news from the American Cancer Society. According to their statistics, the breast cancer rate continues to drop about 2 percent per year and has been doing so since 1990. However, the rates have not dropped as significantly for African-American women as they have for white women. Although the decrease in the overall rate is credited to early detection and treatment, the recent drop in reported cancers may be due in part to fewer women having regular mammogram screenings.
Besides skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women, accounting for one in four cancers diagnosed in US women. Some risk factors can't be changed, such as gender, race and family history. However, some risk factors for breast cancer can be eliminated with lifestyle changes, such as maintaining a healthy weight and quitting smoking.
For information on screening, detection, risk factors and treatment for breast cancer, go to the American Cancer Society website.
Get involved in the fight against breast cancer by participating or supporting the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks being held country wide.