Breast Cancer Facts & Early Detection

It’s the goal of the Ascension Providence Breast Health Center to dramatically reduce the loss of life and grief associated with breast cancer in our community. How can we accomplish this goal? The answer is simple but daunting: early detection. Far too many women over 40 years of age fail to get an annual mammography screening. Ascension Providence Breast Health Center was designed and built to attract more women to seek out these vital annual exams.

Mammograms can detect cancer before you can even feel it. Catching breast cancer at an early stage will give you more treatment options and better outcomes. Early detection can literally save your life. How can you help? Know your facts!

  • 1 in 8 women will get breast cancer
  • 96 percent of women who find and treat breast cancer early will be cancer-free after 5 years
  • The risk of breast cancer increases with age, so every woman is at risk
  • Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women and the second most common cause of death among women
  • More than 1 in 4 cancers in women are breast cancer
  • About 90 percent of breast cancers are due not to heredity, but to genetic abnormalities that happen as a result of the aging process and life in general
  • The first sign of breast cancer shows up on a mammogram long before it can be felt through a self-exam
  • A woman is never too young to develop breast cancer. Breast self-exams should begin by the age of 20
  • Over 80 percent of breast lumps are non-cancerous

Additional Resources

American Cancer Society

American College of Radiology

The Central Texas Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Susan G. Komen for the Cure




National Cancer Institute

National Lymphedema Network

American Society of Breast Surgeons

American Society of Plastic Surgeons


Online Risk Assessments

Breast cancer risk assessment

Osteoporosis risk assessment

Please note: These tests do not diagnose you with breast cancer or osteoporosis. They are intended to tell you if you have any clinically-proven risk factors that may lead to either disease.

Ascension Providence Pink Partners

Join the Ascension Providence Pink Partners by making a gift to the Ascension Providence Foundation of $1,000, $500, $100, or any amount.

Proceeds will be used to provide free or low cost mammograms to Central Texas women at the Ascension Providence Breast Health Center.

To learn more about how you can help, call the Ascension Providence Foundation at 254-751-4762 or email: