Breast Cancer May Affect Women and Men

Posted by: BeneFIT Corporate Wellness
Date: November 12, 2012

In the United States, breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer among women, and the second leading cause of female cancer deaths. One in every eight women develops breast cancer. The National Cancer Institute (NCI estimated that for 2012, there would be 228,870 new female cases and 39,510 female deaths from breast cancer. Please note that breast cancer is not only a women’s disease; men may also develop breast cancer. NCI also estimated 2,190 new male cases and 410 male deaths from breast cancer for 2012.

Some examples of risk factors for cancer that cannot be avoided are:

  • Age
  • Family history of certain cancers.
  • Previous exposure to radiation or certain chemicals.
  • Previous infection with certain viruses or bacteria.
  • Certain genetic changes.

Valley Preferred’s—BeneFIT health education and wellness program can assist your company with educating your employees about breast cancer throughout the year.

The most important protective practice against breast cancer is a screening and early detection. Mammography remains the best screening tool to detect breast cancer early. Extensive scientific evidence demonstrates that mammography reduces breast cancer deaths both among women aged 50 and older, as well as among women aged 40-49 with risk factors. It is important to remember that no medical test is always 100% accurate.

Important Steps for Early Diagnosis of Breast Cancer:

  • Obtain a health risk assessment from a physician and discuss mammography screenings
  • Women aged 50-74: mammogram recommended once every two years
  • Women 40-49 are encouraged to discuss the frequency of a mammogram with their physician
  • Women under 40 should also discuss the frequency of a mammogram with their physician
How can you help your employees:
  • Remind them to get screened
  • Educate employees on the importance of early detection and prevention
  • Review benefits related to breast cancer and other common preventive screenings

For more information on educating your employees on the importance of breast cancer early detection and prevention, or for more information about BeneFIT Corporate Wellness health education and wellness program, please contact us.


Disclaimer: The information presented is for your general knowledge and does not replace the advice of a physician. All medical inquiries regarding your health should be presented to a physician. 

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