“Thanks to new technology and innovative early diagnosis strategies, the survival rate for breast cancer patients has increased to almost 90 percent,” Gov. Edwards said. “The sooner it is detected, the better the chances of survival, especially for those who have a family history of breast cancer. And while it is more common in women than in men, this is not a disease that is limited to one gender, race or socioeconomic background. We are all in this together, and Donna and I encourage everyone to learn the facts and take the necessary steps to protect their health and the health of their families."
Doctors estimate that about five to ten percent of breast cancer is hereditary. Individuals who have an increased risk, either due to age or family history, should discuss the proper prevention and early diagnosis strategies with a doctor or qualified health professional.