Tuesday, May 21st, 2024

Tips on Breast Health From MU

Our 10th annual Breast-a-Ville event looks a bit different this year. We are sad to miss engaging with students on the promenade with information, games and give-a-ways this year, but we still want to get the message out about breast cancer awareness!

If you are on campus, be sure to check out the beautiful fountain at the pond when it turns pink on October 1st. You can also stop into the Student Memorial Center in Suite 118 Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to pick up a FREE pink mask (while supplies last). And, stay tuned to Millersville’s social media accounts for a competition and giveaway. Students will be able to participate in an online challenge for a chance to win one of three $50 gift cards to the University Store, sponsored by the Breast Health Initiative and Diana’s Dreamers: Determined to Defeat Breast Cancer. Finally, please review the information provided below about breast health. We look forward to seeing you next year!

Breast Health: What every woman needs to know

What is Breast cancer?
A type of cancer in which cells within the breast tissue change and divide uncontrollably, which typically results in a lump or mass.

What is the most common cancer for women in the U.S.?
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women after skin cancer.

How many people will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2020?
In the U.S. in 2020, there will be an estimated 276,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer diagnosed in women and 2,620 cases diagnoses in men.

How many people will die from breast cancer in 2020?
In the U.S. in 2020, it is estimated that 42,690 breast cancer deaths (42,170 women, 520 men) will occur.

Which race has the highest incidence rate?
Incidence rates are highest among non-Hispanic (NH) and whites (130.8 per 100,000),

Which race has the highest death rate?
Black women have the highest breast cancer death rate (28.4 deaths per 100,000),

Warning Signs

  • New lump in the breast or underarm.
  • Thickening or swelling of part of the breast.
  • Irritation or dimpling of breast skin.
  • Redness or flaky skin in the nipple area or the breast.
  • Pulling in of the nipple or pain in the nipple area.
  • Nipple discharge other than breast milk.
  • Change in the size or the shape
  • Pain in any area of the breast.


  • Women between 40 and 44 have the option to start screening with a mammogram every year.
  • Women 45 to 54 should get mammograms every year.
  • Women 55 and older can switch to a mammogram every other year, or they can choose to continue yearly mammograms.
  • Women who are at high risk for breast cancer should get a breast MRI and a mammogram every year starting at age 30.
  • Women should be familiar with how their breasts normally look and feel and should report any changes to a health care provider right away.

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Contact: Samantha Cuascut, Samantha.Cuascut@millersville.edu

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