Breast Cancer is a Threat to Women Worldwide.
According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), breast cancer makes up 25 percent of all new cancer diagnoses in women globally. Approximately 2 million new cases each year.
Risk Factors: being age 55 or older, family history, BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes mutation, dense breast tissue late-life menopause or starting menstruation at a young age
Primary Screening: Mammograms. 87% accurate in identifying breast cancer, but have a high false positive rate of nearly 12% for one test and 50-60% over ten tests. False positives can lead to anxiety and unnecessary additional testing and expense.
Survival Rates: Stage 1: 100%, Stage II: 93%, Stage III: 72% Stage IV: 22%