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Breast Cancer Survival Rates Continue To Improve

10/04/11

  05:13:19 pm, by MedBen5   , 227 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Breast Cancer Survival Rates Continue To Improve

In conjunction with National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the American Cancer Society has some good news. Fewer women overall are dying from breast cancer, largely due to advances in screening and treatment.

According to WebMD, The Breast Cancer Facts & Figures 2011-2012 report estimates that 230,480 women will be diagnosed with disease in 2011, and 39,520 women will die from it. While these numbers are still high, breast cancer death rates have steadily decreased – about 2.2% per year from 1990 to 2007. Women younger than 50 have seen average declines of 3.2% per year during that period, compared to 2.0% in older women.

Sad to say, not all the information is positive. Women with less income are seeing a slower and later decline in their risk of dying. Only 51.4% of poorer women 40 and over had a screening mammogram in the past two years, more than 20% less than wealthier women.

The ACS recommends that women get yearly mammograms beginning at age 40. You can visit the organization’s website for additional information about breast cancer, including their Reach to Recovery program, in which breast cancer survivors are available to talk with women who have been, or may be, diagnosed with the disease.

Finally, a reminder for female MedBen Worksite Wellness clients: You can monitor your mammography compliance and other critical wellness examinations by visiting the MedBen Access website and clicking on the Wellness Plan link under “My Plan”.

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