Breast Cancer Awareness

Rockdale Medical Center strives to educate and increase awareness of breast cancer. Throughout the year we focus on the importance of women getting regular mammograms or x-rays of their breasts. And especially in October, which is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we celebrate the survivors. Right now there are about two and a half million breast cancer survivors in the United States.

Early detection saves lives.

Breast cancer remains one of the top killers of women in the United States and the second leading cause of cancer death in women. The chance of a woman having breast cancer some time during her life is about 1 in 8. Over 180,000 women in the United States are estimated to be diagnosed with breast cancer this year.

Although breast cancer rates are decreasing and progress has been made, an estimated 40,000 women die from breast cancer annually. The risk of dying from breast cancer is about 1 in every 35. And although there is no cure, early detection helps reduce your risk and potentially save your life. Doctors know that screenings for breast cancer save thousands of lives each year.

Mammography can detect lumps.

In the fairy tale "The Princess and the Pea," the heroine cannot sleep because she can feel a very small lump, even though it's covered by dozens of mattresses. Feeling a lump is not so easy in real life. By the time we can feel a lump in our own breasts, a cancerous tumor could possibly have grown larger and spread beyond the breast into other areas of our bodies.

With regular mammograms, doctors can detect small tumors at a much earlier stage – years before we can feel them – which significantly increases the opportunity for successful treatment of breast cancer. If a lump is detected in your breast, the advantage of digital mammography can help to save your life.