Cancer Prevention & Early Detection
Half of all men and one-third of all women in the US will develop cancer at some point during their lifetimes. That means virtually all of us will be touched by the disease in some way, either personally, or through a friend, relative, coworker or neighbor. We all have a stake in early detection and when we share our stories, we inspire others to take action.
The importance of finding breast cancer early
The goal of screening exams for early breast cancer detection is to find cancers before they start to cause symptoms. Screening refers to tests and exams used to find a disease, such as cancer, in people who do not have any symptoms. Early detection means using an approach that lets breast cancer get diagnosed earlier than otherwise might have occurred.
Breast cancers that are found because they are causing symptoms tend to be larger and are more likely to have already spread beyond the breast. In contrast, breast cancers found during screening exams are more likely to be smaller and still confined to the breast. The size of a breast cancer and how far it has spread are some of the most important factors in predicting the prognosis (outlook) of a woman with this disease.
Most doctors feel that early detection tests for breast cancer save thousands of lives each year, and that many more lives could be saved if even more women and their health care providers took advantage of these tests. Following the American Cancer Society's guidelines for the early detection of breast cancer improves the chances that breast cancer can be diagnosed at an early stage and treated successfully.
Breast Cancer Facts
Learn About Breast Cancer
Treating Breast Cancer
Lowering your risk:
You can lower your risk of breast cancer by changing those risk factors that are under your control. Body weight, physical activity, and diet have all been linked to breast cancer, so these might be areas where you can take action.
At this time, the best advice about diet and activity to possibly reduce the risk of breast cancer is to:
Share Your Story
Early detection saves lives. That's why we are asking you to share your story –
to inspire others. Submit a 60-second video and tell us why early detection is
important to you or how it has touched your life. Our community will vote on
the 3 most inspirational submissions. Your video can be as simple or as detailed
as you would like, using a smart phone or video camera. The three elements
the videos will be judged on are as follows: Creativity, quality and message.
Example Video Submissions
Are there prizes?
Yes! We appreciate you sharing your story and want to thank you for your time: