According to BreastCancer.org, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women, outside of skin cancer. In 2017, it is estimated that 30-percent of women who were diagnosed with cancer was found to have breast cancer with 3.1 million women in the U.S. have a history of the disease. This number includes both those currently in treatment and those who have completed it.
Breast cancer claims the lives of more than 40,000 women each year but despite the alarming numbers, the rate at which women are being diagnosed, as well as the mortality rate among breast cancer sufferers, has actually declined over the last two decades.
When you think of breast cancer, however, you probably picture a woman in her 50’s but studies are showing that the age the disease is being found in women is lower than it has been. This is likely in part to more knowledge and understanding of breast cancer detection; essentially, it is being detected sooner than it has in the past.
Nalie Agustin of Montreal knows this experience all too well. When she was just 24 years old, she found a lump in her left breast that turned out to be breast cancer.
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