Differences in Frequency of and Barriers to Proper Breast Cancer Screening
Rotondo, Lisa Ann
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Breast cancer is a life-threatening disease that has a powerful impact on women and their families and friends. While both men and women can be diagnosed with breast cancer, it is much more prevalent in women, and according to the American Cancer Society (ACS), breast cancer is now the most common cancer in America (1996). One in nine women will develop this fear-inspiring disease during their lifetime; and in the United States, approximately 180,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer annually. Of these women, 67 percent will survive at least ten years (National Institutes of Health, 1995). Clearly breast cancer is a serious condition of which the public, specifically adult women, are becoming increasingly aware.