OSF Saint Anthony's Health Center

Alton, Illinois

Breast Cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer death rates are going down. This could be the result of finding the cancer earlier and improved treatment. Right now there are about 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.

In 2016, the American Cancer Society estimated there would be 246,660 news cases of invasive breast cancer diagnosed in women.

The following guidelines are recommended by the American Cancer Society:

  • Women with an average risk of breast cancer should undergo regular screening mammography starting at age 45.
  • Women aged 45 to 54 years should be screened annually.
  • Women 55 years and older can choose to have a mammogram every other year.
  • Screenings can begin as early as age 40. It is a woman’s personal choice.
  • Women should continue screening mammography as long as their overall health is good and they have a life expectancy of 10 years or longer.

Women should know how their breasts normally feel and report any breast change promptly to their health care providers.

OSF Saint Anthony’s Statistics

  • 46% of the total analytic breast cancer cases seen at OSF Saint Anthony’s are stage 1.
  • 30% of the total analytic breast cancer cases seen at OSF Saint Anthony’s are stage 2.

Analytic Cases: Patients initially diagnosed at OSF Saint Anthony’s Health Center or received all or part of their first course of therapy at OSF Saint Anthony’s Health Center.

For more information or to schedule a mammogram, please call (618) 474-6152.