Five things women should share with their friends and family include:
* All women can get breast cancer, even those who have no family history of the disease,
* The two most important factors for breast cancer are being a woman and growing older,
* Women diagnosed early by a mammogram with breast cancer, when it is small and has not spread, have a higher chance of survival. If any breast changes are detected during monthly self-examination, contact the doctor without delay. Mammograms are the best way to find breast cancer early and should be done every year starting at age 40,
* Reduce the chance of developing breast cancer by engaging in regular physical activity, maintaining a healthy diet/weight and limiting alcohol intake, and
* Through early detection and improved treatments, more women than ever are surviving breast cancer.
If you or someone you know has been affected by breast cancer, contact the American Cancer Society anytime day or night for information and support at 1-800-ACS-2345 or by logging on to www.cancer.org.