- About 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.
- In 2015, an estimated 231,840 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 60,290 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer.
- About 40,290 women in the U.S. are expected to die in 2015 from breast cancer, though death rates have been decreasing since 1989.
- Besides skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women.
- Gender: Although men can develop breast cancer, it is more common in women.
- Age: The risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer increases as you age.
- Genetics: Your risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer doubles if your mother, sister, or daughter has had either types of these cancers.
There are multiple ways to perform a self examination. Please see the instructions provided below for each technique.
- Put your right arm behind your head and with your left hand check your right breast for lumps or thickenings.
- Choose 1 of the 3 patterns. With the fingers of your left hand, apply 3 levels of pressure--light, medium and firm--in overlapping, dime sized, circular motions to feel entire breast tissue, including underarm. Examine the underarm with your arm only slightly raised.
- Put your left arm behind your head and repeat steps with your right hand on the left breast and underarm. Also, look in a mirror for changes in shape, size, or skin texture of breast. Check the nipples for changes, including unusual discharge.
If you feel as though you need to see a medical provider, contact EIU Health Service at (217) 581-3013, visit www.eiu.edu/health, or stop by the Human Services building and see an Appointment Clerk to set up a visit.