October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an yearly campaign to increase the awareness of this disease. Most people are aware of breast cancer, yet many neglect or forget to take the proper and easy efforts to try and detect for the disease in its early stages. It is important to do diligence and take the proper steps to prevent breast cancer.You are never too young to develop breast cancer! Breast Self-Exam should begin by the age of twenty.
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery Group supports Breast Cancer Awareness every month of the year. We donate to support charities for the cure and always encourage our patients to get the proper screenings and yearly breast exams done by their OB-Gyn or PCP. Self breast exams are encouraged as frequently as possible. Both Dr. Layke and Dr. Danielpour perform breast reconstruction surgery and have performed many charity/pro-bono surgeries for patients in need of care.
Did you know… (facts supported by www.cancer.org)
One in eight women or 12.6% of all women will get breast cancer in her lifetime.
Breast cancer risk increases with age and every woman is at risk.
Every 13 minutes a woman dies of breast cancer.
Seventy-seven percent of women with breast cancer are over 50.
Approximately 1400 cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in men in 2000 and 400 of those men will die.
More than 1.7 million women who have had breast cancer are still alive in the United States.
Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in women between the ages of 15 and 54, and the second cause of cancer death in women 55 to 74.
Seventy-one percent of black women diagnosed with breast cancer experience a five-year survival rate, while eighty-six percent of white women experience five-year survival.
The first sign of breast cancer usually shows up on a woman’s mammogram before it can be felt or any other symptoms are present.
Early detection of breast cancer, through monthly breast self-exam and particularly yearly mammography after age 40, offers the best chance for survival.
Ninety-six percent of women who find and treat breast cancer early will be cancer-free after five years.
Over eighty percent of breast lumps are not cancerous, but benign such as fibrocystic breast disease.
Oral contraceptives may cause a slight increase in breast cancer risk; however 10 years after discontinuing use of oral contraceptives the risk is the same as for women who never used the pill.
Estrogen replacement therapy for over 5 years slightly increases breast cancer risk; however the increased risk appears to disappear 5-10 years after discontinuing the use of estrogen replacement therapy.
To learn more about breast reconstruction, breast augmentation, breast lift, or breast reduction surgery, please call us today! 310.853.5147