Breast Cancer

1 in 8 women will get breast cancer in their lifetime, is the 2nd leading cause of death for Native American women, and in some states is the leading cause of cancer-related death. General factors that increase risk are genetics, family history, breast density, and age. When the tumor is small and most treatable is when the least symptoms are present. Annual screenings are considered optional for people aged 40-44, are advised for people aged 45-54, and for those 55+ every year or two years. Suggested ways to help prevent and catch cancer early are breastfeeding, regular mammograms, weight management, exercise, regular breast exams, and limiting alcohol use.