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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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October 12, 1998

According to the most recent data, breast cancer mortality rates continue to decline, with the largest decreases among younger women. These decreases are likely due to earlier detection and improved treatment.

Women 40 and older should have an annual mammogram and an annual clinical breast exam performed by a health care professional, and should perform monthly breast self-examination. The clinical exam should be conducted close to the scheduled mammogram. Women ages 20-39 should have a clinical breast exam performed by a health care professional every three years and should perform monthly breast self-examination.

Breast cancer by the numbers in U.S., 1998 (estimates):

New cases, female: 178,700

New cases, male: 1,600

Deaths, female: 43,500

Deaths, male: 400

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California:

New cases, female: 19,150

New cases, male: 150

Deaths, female: 4,545

Deaths, male: 40

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Six Southern California counties, both sexes:

New cases Deaths

Los Angeles: 4,940 1,250

Orange: 1,650 365

Riverside: 900 215

San Bernardino: 780 200

San Diego: 1,630 410

Ventura: 405 90

Source: The American Cancer Society

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