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Highest risk of breast cancer is in the age demographic of 55-64

The National Cancer Institute has placed women in the age group of 55-64 at the highest risk of contracting breast cancer. The percentage of new breast cancer cases by age for the years 2008-2012 was 25.6% The next highest age groups were 65-74 at 21.9% and 45-54 at 21.6% . Annual screenings can cut the risk of death by 15% to 40%. Due to widespread mammography, the vast majority of the roughly 230,000 annual new cases of breast cancer are detected early. William Riley, of Riley Williams &Piatt, LLC, who has practiced in the area of medical malpractice and personal injury for over 25 years stated that, “early diagnosis leads to a survival chance that can exceed 90% in cases of breast cancer.” Riley went on to say, “The most tragic situations that I have seen in cases is when a doctor fails to listen to the patient’s complaint of a breast mass. A woman in that situation should seek a second opinion from another physician.” For more information: http://www.cancer.gov/types/breast/risk-fact-sheet