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5 things you may not know about breast cancer

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. Luckily, with better screenings, early detection, increased awareness, and improved treatment options, many types of breast cancer may be curable — especially with early detection. In fact, there are 3.5 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.

Infographic: Stats on breast cancer

As we recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Senior Medical Director of Oncology and Genetics at UnitedHealthcare, Dr. Jennifer Malin, shares five facts you may not know about detecting and preventing breast cancer.

Early diagnosis may be a game-changer.

On average, the five-year breast cancer survival rate is 90 percent. For patients diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer, the five-year survival rate is close to 100 percent.

“It’s important to get diagnosed early because the earlier you’re diagnosed, the less intensive treatment will be, and the greater the chance of a cure,” Malin said.

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