About Breast Cancer

Approximately 21,500 Californians will hear the words, “you have breast cancer ”this year alone. An estimated 4,000 will die of the disease.

  • Although breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in California , the chance of survival is excellent when diagnosed early. In fact, if caught early, an estimated 95 percent of patients will survive.

  • Breast cancer is not just a disease impacting women. About 150 men are diagnosed with breast cancer each year in California and about 30 die of the disease annually.

  • For reasons that are not completely understood, being well-educated, financially well-off and delaying childbearing until later in life are associated with a higher risk of developing breast cancer.

  • For women over 40, getting a regularly-scheduled mammogram is their best defense against breast cancer.

Nutrition/Physical Activity Basics

  • Poor diet, obesity and physical inactivity may be responsible for one out of every three cancer deaths, just as many as smoking.

  • A 2003 study in the New England Journal of Medicine demonstrated a direct link between obesity and several forms of cancer. The study proves that poor diet, obesity and lack of exercise are critical pieces to the cancer puzzle. Unfortunately only 1% of Californians identified maintaining a healthy weight as a way to decrease cancer risk.

  • Healthy eating means consuming at least five servings of fruits and vegetables each day.

  • Along with healthy eating, regular physical activity is one of the best ways to prevent chronic disease. The American Cancer Society recommends moderate physical activity for 30 minutes for adults and 60 minutes for children and teens on five or more days a week

  • Based on self-reported weight and height, 57 percent of California adults are considered overweight or obese, while nearly one out of every three teenagers in the state is considered overweight or obese.

    Arm yourself with the facts!

If early detection is key, then staying informed is tantamount!
The following links are great resources to understanding the disease and the many resources and options available.

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