Breast cancer is one of the leading cancers in South African women, here’s a few facts about that we all need to be aware of, including why 40 is such an important number.

  1. All women 40 an older should get annual mammograms
  2. Mammography can lower your risk of dying of breast cancer by 40%
  3. The most lives are saved by yearly mammography starting at age 40
  4. 1 in 6 breast cancers occur in women aged 40 – 49
  5. Ten-year risk for breast cancer in a 40 year old is 1 in 69
  6. A Harvard study showed that 70% of women who died from breast cancer were among 20% of women not screened
  7. Early detection significantly improves breast cancer survival, reducing the risk of dying of breast cancer by 40%
  8. REMEMBER: 75% of women with breast cancer have NO family history or other risk factors
  9. Mammography has helped to reduce breast cancer deaths by 1/3 since 1990
  10. When breast cancer is detected early the five-year survival rate is almost 100%
  11. Even for women 50+ skipping a mammogram every year would miss up to 30% of cancers
  12. Mammography can detect cancer early when it is most treatable

Remind your mother, daughter, or sister to schedule an annual mammogram. Take time for yourself. Save a life.