All women are at a breast cancer risk. The two main risk factors are being female and getting older. The risk of breast cancer increases after the age of 40 and increases more dramatically after the age of 50.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women, excluding skin cancers, accounting for about 30% of all new cancers,and aslo there are many Breast Cancer Support Groups in the world.
The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2000 about 226,800 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed among women in the U.S.
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women, second only to lung cancer and the leading cause of death among American Women aged 40-55 years.
In 1999, there were about 43,700 deaths from breast cancer in the U.S. (43,300 among women and 400 among men).
Between 1989 and 1993 the over mortality rate from breast cancer decreased about 5%.
The overall decline in breast cancer mortality has been attributed to improvements in breast cancer treatments, an increase in breast cancer awareness and screening, and changes in the prevalence of breast cancer risk factors.
Life related factors that may affect a personâ€™s risk of developing breast cancer include alcohol, smoking, dietary influences, physical activity and environmental factors.
Risk factors that cannot be changed include gender, aging, genetic risk factors, family or personal history of breast cancer, and race.
Research studies have shown that many factors can influence the overall health of womanâ€™s breast. These factors can include diet, exercise, our environment and even our spiritual well being.
We know that it is only through education and outreach that we can make women aware of the latest findings, and The Robert A. Gardner M.D., Foundation, Inc., remains committed to taking the extra steps to educate our community about the ways in which breast disease can be prevented. We are also conducting and participating in clinical breast cancer research.
Why Education Is Our Focus
We believe awareness is the first step toward the early detection and possible cure of breast cancer. That is why education and outreach into the community is our main thrust. We encourage women to practice early detection methods, including regularly scheduled mammography, yearly physical exams by a trained medical professional and diligent monthly breast self- examinations.
Because of the ever-changing medical environment, we work to keep women informed of the latest technology for early detection and treatment of breast disease, and to make women aware of the latest findings and statistics relating to breast cancer risk factors, diagnosis, treatment, and cure.
The Robert A. Gardner, M.D., Foundation, Inc., has a staff of trained medical professionals available to speak to groups, both large and small, on a wide range of breast health related subjects. Discussions are tailored to the needs of the audiences and are given to groups within the healthcare ranks as well as to business, professional and civic organizations.