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Breast Cancer Awareness

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death for American Indian and Alaska Native women. Keeping up with regular mammograms improves early detection and may help save your life.

Breast Cancer Facts

  • Breast cancer is the most common cancer found in women
  • Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death for American Indian and Alaska Native women
  • Approximately 1 in 8 women will get breast cancer in her lifetime
  • Native women have a 7% higher cancer rate compared to non-Hispanic white women
  • Native women have a 10% higher death rate compared to non-Hispanic white women
  • Approximately 30% of Native women in Minnesota present late stage breast cancer
Screening Guidelines

Screening Guidelines

  • Women ages 40 to 44 have the option to start annual breast cancer screening
  • Women ages 45 to 54 should have a mammogram once every year
  • Women age 55 and older should switch to mammograms every two years or can continue with yearly screening
  • Screening should continue as long as a woman is in good health and is expected to live at least 10 more years. Native women should always talk to a doctor or nurse right away if they notice any changes in their breasts
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