With forty percent of breast cancers discovered by women or their partners, the value of breast self exams (BSE) is hard to dispute. A woman's sensitivity to her body can help detect breast cancers that even mammograms can miss.
As one of the largest community health systems in the Delaware Valley, the skilled and caring physicians and staff of Mercy Health System know first-hand the need and value of breast cancer education, screenings and access to quality health care services. Breast cancer continues to be the most commonly diagnosed cancer in American women, despite race or ethnicity. In fact, one in seven women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime.
Breast Cancer Statistics in Pennsylvania are Alarming
- Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in Pennsylvania women between the ages of 25-54.
- Approximately 9,500 Pennsylvania women are diagnosed each year with breast cancer.
- Approximately 220 Pennsylanvania women die each year with this disease.
- 3 of 4 cases of breast cancer arise in women with no know risk factors.
The good news is, knowledge is power! As you review the cancer-related information available to you on our site or in our an eNewsletter, you will begin to empower yourself by implementing a breast-health lifestyle by conducting a monthly Breast Self Exam.
Take charge of the one thing you can--YOU!