American College of Nursing (ACN) is proud to support National Breast Cancer Awareness Month – a time to promote regular mammograms and increase early detection of Breast Cancer. About 1 of 8 women in the United States will get Breast Cancer. Other than skin Cancer, Breast Cancer is the most common kind of Cancer in women. Mammograms can help find Breast Cancer early when there is the best chance for treatment.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Breast Cancer is the number one cause of Cancer death in Hispanic women. It si the second most common cause of Cancer death in White, Black, Asian/Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaska Naive women. According to a report conducted by The Northern California Cancer Center, rates in the occurrence of invasive breast cancer have declined in all racial/ethnic groups since 2000, with a more substantial drop occurring in 2003. Breast cancer death rates have been gradually declining in the Bay Area since 1988.

Rates of breast cancer per 100,000 white women living in other Bay Area countries were as follows for 1999-2003: San Mateo (165), Contra Costa (162), San Francisco (159), Santa Clara (154). Rates were somewhat lower in Monterey (147), Santa Cruz (142) and San Benito (139) counties.

A recent study by scientists at the Northern California Cancer Center suggests that the declines in breast cancer diagnoses in Norther California may be due to the declining use of hormone replacement therapies. Results of the study will be published in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

* If you are age 40 to 49, talk with your doctor about when to start getting mammograms and how often you need them.

* If you are age 50 or older, call today to schedule your mammogram.

These are general guidelines. Talk to a doctor about your risk for Breast Cancer, especially if Breast or Ovarian Cancer runs in your family. Your doctor can help you decide when and how often to get a mammogram.

At American College of Nursing (ACN) faculty, staff and students from all program are being encouraged to educate the women in their lives about the symptoms, risk factors, diagnosis and treatment of Breast Cancer. Show you care. Be Aware.