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Education and Prevention

Because early detection is a woman's best defense against breast cancer, our team at Palmetto Health Breast Center devotes many resources to educating women about the disease. Through educational programs and community events like our annual Walk for Life/Race for Life, we're raising awareness about the importance of self-exams, mammograms and research.

Facts About Breast Cancer
The most common cancer in women is breast cancer. Nationally, about 231,840 women and 2,350men will develop breast cancer this year. Breast cancer ranks second among cancer deaths in women. This year an estimated 3,820 cases of female breast cancer will be diagnosed in South Carolina. The five-year survival rate for early detection is 99 percent. 

Risk Factors

  • Simply being female is the greatest risk factor
  • Women older than 40
  • Women older than 35 whose mother or sister has had breast or ovarian cancer or father had prostate cancer
  • Women who have never been pregnant or who first become pregnant after age 30
  • Women who have had cancer in one breast or atypical ductal hyperplasia (pre-cancer)
  • Women who started menstruation before age 12 or menopause at age 55 or older
  • Women who are obese with excessive caloric and fat intake

If you want to self-assess your risk factors, take this free, online Breast Cancer Risk Assessment. To learn more about your genetic risk, call the University of South Carolina School of Medicine’s Department of Genetic Counseling at 1-803-545-5700, extension 5.

Walk for Life/Race for Life 
Walk for Life/ Race for Life is one of Palmetto Health Foundation's signature community events combining breast cancer awareness and fund-raising. The goal of the walk is to remind people that the first step in the fight against breast cancer is that early detection is the best protection!

Net proceeds from the walk are used to fund breast cancer education, early detection efforts, patient support and research at Palmetto Health Breast Center. 

More than 11,000 walkers and runners helped raise over $800,000, including in-kind donations, for Palmetto Health Breast Center at the October 18, 2014 Walk for Life/Race for Life! Thank you to all of the participants, donors, sponsors, volunteers and other supporters for making the 2014 Walk for Life/Race for Life a huge success!

The next Walk for Life/Race for Life will be held on October 17, 2015, at Finlay Park in Columbia in observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For more information about participating, volunteering or being a sponsor for the Walk for Life/Race for Life, visit PalmettoHealthFoundation.org or call the Foundation office at 803-434-7275.