PLEASE THIS IS SUCH AN IMPORTANT TOPIC LETS KEEP THIS AT THE TOP OF THE FORM ALL MONTH, BUMP, BUMP. BUMP. Breast cancer is the most common malignancy in women and the second leading cause of cancer death (exceeded by lung cancer in 1985). Breast cancer is three times more common than all gynecologic malignancies put together. The incidence of breast cancer has been increasing steadily from an incidence of 1:20 in 1960 to 1:7 women today. The American Cancer Society estimates that 211,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed this year and 43,300 patients will die from the disease. Breast cancer is truly an epidemic among women. Breast cancer is not exclusively a disease of women. For every 100 women with breast cancer, 1 male will develop the disease. The American Cancer society estimates that 1,600 men will develop the disease this year. EARLY SIGNS: ÂA lump is detected, which is usually single, firm, and most often painless. ÂA portion of the skin on the breast or underarm swells and has an unusual appearance. ÂVeins on the skin surface become more prominent on one breast. ÂThe breast nipple becomes inverted, develops a rash, changes in skin texture, or has a discharge other than breast milk. ÂA depression is found in an area of the breast surface. Women's breasts can develop some degree of lumpiness, but only a small percentage of lumps are malignant. While a history of breast cancer in the family may lead to increased risk, most breast cancers are diagnosed in women with no family history. If you have a family history of breast cancer, this should be discussed with your doctor. FACTS: *Every two minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer. ÂThis year more than 211,000 new cases of breast cancer are expected in the United States. ÂOne woman in eight who lives to age 85 will develop breast cancer during her lifetime. ÂBreast cancer is the leading cause of death in women between the ages of 40 and 55. Â85% of women with breast cancer have a negative family history. Â1,600 men are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer this year and 400 are predicted to die. ÂSeventy percent of all breast cancers are found through breast self-exams. Not all lumps are detectable by touch. We recommend regular mammograms and monthly breast self-exams. ÂEight out of ten breast lumps are not cancerous. If you find a lump, don't panic-call your doctor for an appointment. ÂMammography is a low-dose X-ray examination that can detect breast cancer up to two years before it is large enough to be felt. ÂWhen breast cancer is found early, the five-year survival rate is 96%. This is good news! Over 2 million breast cancer survivors are alive in America today. DETECTION PLAN: An Early Breast Cancer Detection Plan should include: ÂClinical breast examinations every three years from ages 20-39, then every year thereafter. ÂMonthly breast self-examinations beginning at age 20. Look for any changes in your breasts. ÂBaseline mammogram by the age of 40. ÂMammogram every year for women 40 and older. ÂA personal calendar to record your self-exams, mammograms, and doctor appointments. ÂA low-fat diet, regular exercise, and no smoking or drinking. KNOWLEGE IS POWER!