University of Minnesota doctor speaks about breast cancer
Jun 14, 2011
Dr. Douglas Yee specializes in breast cancer health and he spoke with KARE News in advance of the Susan G. Komen Twin Cities Race for the Cure event, in order to raise awareness for the illnesses and to promote preventative measures.
Dr. Yee says that fewer women are dying from breast cancer, partly due to screenings.
According to the American Cancer Society, mammograms should take place every year for women over the age of 40.
Dr. Yee recommends his patients have yearly mammograms, but says that this is a discussion that should happen between each patient and the individual's doctor.
More than 200,000 women were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, and almost 2,000 men were also diagnosed. This is a disease that can strike both genders, but is much more frequent in women.
The Twin Cities Race for the Cure included a 5K run, a 5K walk as well as a 1K walk. Participation was for all those who wanted to raise awareness for breast cancer and to help beat the disease.
The Susan G. Komen Foundation was started as a promise from one sister to another, in the desire to stop breast cancer once and for all.