Despite ongoing efforts, the numbers are still troubling; one in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with Breast Cancer in their lifetime.
It’s also the second leading cause of death from cancer in women.
In an effort to improve those statistics, Winona Health is getting a head start on Breast Cancer Awareness month.
Thursday evening free health talk with Winona Health Surgeons to keep the attendees in the loop with the latest information on breast health.
While those numbers you mentioned are can be jarring, there are also 3.1 million breast cancer survivors currently living in the U.S.
To improve on that, doctors recommend women get their first mammogram at the age of 40.
"Breast cancer is close to home. Cancer is close to home within my family," attendee Stephanie Orr said. "So being informed is the best defense that you can have to prevent any issues."
If you have certain genes susceptible to breast cancer or have a history of the disease in your family, you may be more susceptible for disease and may need to have a mammogram at an earlier age.
Doctors also say regular checkups are a must along with interval breast exams.
While a lump is benign more often than not, it’s important to ask your physician if you’re unsure about something.
Surgeon Matthew Broghammer notes a diagnosis is no longer the dire news it used to be.
"I think with the advances we have made in both medical therapy, oncological therapy and surgical therapy in even the last five to 10 years," Broghammer said. "There’s so much we can do with early stage breast cancer that woman can really lead a regular and except a regular life expectancy."
One of those medical advances include the 3-D mammogram, which can pick up smaller lesions than the normal procedure which makes it easier to catch cancerous cells in the beginning stages.
A 3-D mammogram is often an extra charge, however, Winona Health does it for free.