More than 25 years ago, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month began. In an effort to promote awareness and encourage dialogue regarding Breast Cancer and its influence on the Latino community, The Society of Hispanic Veterans offers these facts:
Breast Cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Latinas.
Sadly, it is often diagnosed in its later stages, when the cancer is harder to treat.
(Source: US Dept. of Health and Human Services)
Hispanic women are more likely than women of other races to die from the disease…
An estimated 14,000 cases of breast cancer were diagnosed in U.S. Hispanic women in 2009, with more than 2,200 deaths, making breast cancer the leading cause of cancer death among Latina women in the U.S. (Source: Susan G. Komen)
Prevention is best! There are two basic methods of preventive screening for breast cancer:
- Mammograms. A safe, low-dose x-ray exam of the breasts to look for changes that are not normal. Starting at age 40, women should have screening mammograms every 1-2 years. Depending on factors such as family history and your general health, your doctor may recommend a mammogram before age 40.
- Clinical breast exam (CBE). The doctor looks at and feels the breasts and under the arms for lumps or anything else that seems unusual. Ask your doctor if you need a CBE. (Source: US Dept. of Health and Human Services)