According to Breastcancer.org, in 2022 an estimated 338, 982 new cases of both invasive and non-invasive breast cancers are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S. alone. Getting regular screening tests is the most reliable way to detect breast cancer early when it is likely still small and confined and therefore easier to treat. Early detection also allows for a diagnosis to be given before any noticeable symptoms even start.
Is Breast Cancer Genetic?
It’s important to note that most women who are diagnosed with breast cancer do not have a family history of the disease. However, women who have close blood relatives with breast cancer are at a higher risk:
Having a first-degree relative such as the mother, sister, or daughter be diagnosed with breast cancer almost doubles a woman’s risk. Having 2 first-degree relatives triples her risk.
Women with a father or brother who has had or has been diagnosed with breast cancer also have a higher risk of breast cancer.
Screening and Detection
The American Cancer Society (ACS) recommends that women between the ages of 45 and 54 with no previous history of either personal or family breast cancer should be screened on a yearly basis. Women who are at high risk for breast cancer should be screened once a year starting at age 30.
Talk to your provider about which type of breast cancer screening is right for you!