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More Than 18K Texans Are Expected To Get A Breast Cancer Diagnosis This Year

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Breast cancer is the second most common cancer diagnosis and second most deadly cancer for women in the U.S. Less than 1% of cases occur in men, but they are 19% more likely to die from the disease.

Annual mammograms are recommended for women over 40 to detect abnormalities. Most breast cancer diagnosis occur in women 50 and older.  Younger women are not given the same yearly screening recommendations for breast cancer. Around 11% of all new cases of breast cancer occur in women under the age of 45.

What are common misconceptions about the disease? What are the risk factors? Can preventative measures be taken? What role does diet play? What's the latest for breast cancer research?

What are the options for someone diagnosed with breast cancer? Are diagnosis and treatment different for women and men?

What does the recovery look like? What San Antonio-area resources and support groups exist for individuals with breast cancer, survivors, caregivers and loved ones?

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"The Source" is a live call-in program airing Mondays through Thursdays from 12-1 p.m. Leave a message before the program at (210) 615-8982. During the live show, call 210-614-8980, email thesource@tpr.org  or tweet @TPRSource.

*This interview was recorded on Monday, October 14.

Kim Johnson is the producer for Texas Public Radio’s live, call-in show The Source. She is a Trinity University alum with bachelor’s degrees in Communication and Spanish, and a Master of Arts Degree from the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.