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In the United States, it is estimated that approximately 40,000 women will die from breast cancer. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death due to cancer, with lung cancer being the most common cause of death due to cancer. Even though, older women are more likely to get breast cancer, younger women are more likely to die from it. This might be due to younger women having more aggressive breast cancers, coupled with the fact they may not go in as regularly for screening as an older woman. However, the best advice is to visit your doctor to be screened early, and as often as he or she recommends. Despite the grim statistics, a history of breast cancer in the United States reveals that the number of deaths due to the disease is declining as science makes strides in early detection and treatment methods. The average five-year survival rate for breast cancer patients is between 81% and 86%, depending on the woman's age. But with early detection, the odds of surviving breast cancer are closer to 96%. In summary, it is strongly recommended that consult your doctor about scheduling a mammogram.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|