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Cancer Awareness

Breast Cancer Awareness

In 2019, an estimated 266,600 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute. For those who are diagnosed, early detection provides the best outcomes and saves lives.

With the right technology and the right imaging experts, breast cancer is detectable even at its earliest stage, when it’s 99% curable. That’s why we encourage you to take an active role in your breast health and make time for your annual mammogram.

Use these tools to raise and gain breast self-awareness:

Breast cancer facts

  • In the United States, a woman receives a breast cancer diagnosis every 2 minutes. In fact, 1 out of every 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. Female breast cancer is most frequently diagnosed among women aged 55-64.

    Women aren’t alone in this type of cancer – breast cancer affects men as well. About 2,470 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in men this year. Still, the incidence of male breast cancer – at about 1 in 1,000 – is much lower than it is among women.

  • Your risk for breast cancer can change over time, due to factors such as aging or lifestyle. Simply being female is the primary risk factor for developing the disease. Other risk factors include:

    • Aging
    • Inherited genetic mutations, such as BRCA1 and BRCA2
    • Family history of breast cancer
    • Starting menstrual cycle before age 12
    • Personal history of breast cancer
    • Race and ethnicity
    • Density of breast tissue
    • History of fibroids or other benign breast conditions
  • At The University of Kansas Cancer Center, we find early-stage breast cancer at a rate that exceeds the national benchmark. Our breast cancer specialists are nationally recognized leaders in the field. As an NCI-designated cancer center, we take an aggressive approach to breast cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment. This means we apply the same level of expertise to identify breast cancer that we do to treat it.

    Now is the perfect time to begin managing your breast health. Learn the facts and risk factors, such as genetic and family history, associated with breast cancer and take a proactive approach to understanding your risk for developing the disease.

    • Have your physician perform an annual clinical breast exam.
    • Talk with your doctor to gain breast self-awareness and determine the most appropriate ongoing care.
    • Learn about the different breast imaging early detection tools and what is right for you.
    • Get screened. The University of Kansas Cancer Center recommends annual mammogram screening start at age 40.
    • Talk with the women and men in your life about regular breast care.
Breast cancer patient Mila Ellsworth.

Advocating for awareness

Mila Ellsworth is a fierce competitor. But in 2015, Mila faced an opponent that would test her in ways she never thought possible. 

Mila's story

Breast cancer lifestyle risk factors

Lifestyle factors that may increase your chances of developing breast cancer include:

  • Never having children
  • Giving birth for the first time after age 35
  • Use of oral contraceptives
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Smoking

Our breast cancer research

The University of Kansas Cancer Center seeks to accelerate cancer prevention, discovery and care to save and improve lives with leading-edge, interdisciplinary cancer research.

Learn more about some of our latest breast cancer-related research:

Deepening Our Understanding of Triple-Negative Breast Cancer
Priyanka Sharma, MD, an oncologist at The University of Kansas Cancer Center, is investigating more personalized treatments for triple-negative breast cancer.

Schedule your mammogram.

We find early-stage breast cancer at a rate that exceeds the national benchmark. Schedule your mammogram online today or call 913-588-1227.

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