In 2007, the National Cancer Institute estimates nearly 180,000 new cases of breast cancer in the United States, of which 50,000 will likely lead to death.
Health professionals at FOR HER are actively studying the causes of breast cancer and are available to discuss effective means of prevention and treatment.
Warning signs include a lump or thickening in the breast or underarm area, a change in the contour or size of the breast, blood-stained or clear fluid discharge from the nipple, and/or inflammation of the tissue on the breast or nipple
For early detection and prevention, women should, perform monthly breast self-exams, have their breasts examined by a healthcare provider during well-woman exams and have screening mammograms
Currently, breast cancer incidence is slightly higher in white women than in black women.
Cervical Cancer & HPV
The American Cancer Society estimates that 3,670 women in the U.S. will die from cervical cancer this year.Health professionals at FOR HER are available to discuss effective ways to prevent, detect and treat cervical cancer.
Cervical cancer is highly treatable; however, regular screening through Pap tests is crucial for early detection
Hispanic and African American women are approximately 1.5 times more likely to develop cervical cancer than white women.
The Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), causes the majority of cervical cancers.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that about eight out of every ten women in the US over the age of 50 are infected with HPV.
The HPV virus is extremely contagious and transmitted by sexual contact.
A highly effective vaccine against the HPV virus has recently become available.