Do you know what the two biggest risk factors are for breast cancer? Being female and getting older—which make them risk factors no woman can avoid!

We'll always be women. And as much as we may try to forestall the effects of aging, there's no stopping tomorrow. But even with these inevitable risk factors, one in three women chooses to not be screened for breast cancer.

Early detection is the best protection.  According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight American women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. While this is an alarming statistic, the good news is that breast cancer, when detected early, can be cured.

Mammograms are the most effective means of early detection for breast cancer. They can detect a nodule years before you or your doctor can even feel it. In addition to mammograms, the American Cancer Society recommends monthly self-exams as well as annual physician exams. However, since guidelines can vary because of risk factors, you should always consult with your physician.

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