College Students May Not Be Aware of Breast Cancer Risks
Breast Cancer Awareness Month just wrapped up and many organizations encouraged women to get yearly mammograms once they turn 40. Additionally, other information being spread around is the fact that one in eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime, according to the National Cancer Institute.
But what does that mean for women who don’t fit in that age demographic? According to the Report of the Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Progress Review Group, 70,000 people between the ages of 15 and 39 will develop cancer. Breast cancer is one of the most common forms developed each year.
It’s important for young women to understand their risk in order to encourage self-exams. While the chance of developing this disease is relatively low, until it is zero these tests should be administered. According to John Hopkins Medicine, 40 percent of women diagnosed with breast cancer find the lump during a self-exam.
Look out for Breastival events at colleges and breast centers nationwide. The program works toward keeping young women healthy and breast cancer free by helping them develop positive lifestyle habits.