World Breast Cancer Day is celebrated on October 19 to raise awareness with a key message: the importance of early detection in improving prognosis and survival rates.
1. Every 90 minutes, a woman dies from breast cancer in Mexico.
2. Since 2006, breast cancer has been the leading cause of death in women.
3. Worldwide, breast cancer is the second most frequent malignancy in the population and the main one in women, with an estimated 1.67 million cases diagnosed annually, accounting for 25% of cancer cases in women.
4. Early detection continues to be key in the fight against this disease. Early detection facilitates proper diagnosis and suitable treatment, increasing the possibilities of recovery.
5. Breast cancer detection is promoted through self-exploration, clinical examination and mammograms.
6. Self-exploration is recommended from the age of 20 onwards. The aim is to make women aware of breast cancer, become familiar with their own bodies and identify abnormal changes.
7. Clinical examinations should be performed annually from the age of 25 onwards by health personnel specializing in breast exploration.
8. Screening mammograms are recommended in apparently healthy women ages 40 to 69, every two years.
9. Breast cancer screening is free at National Health System institutions.
10. One risk factor is having a mother, sister or daughter who has had breast cancer.