UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am
WACO -- It's breast cancer awareness month and physicians tell Fox 44 increased awareness has increased success rates.
It is estimated that over 230,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year alone.
However experts say that is just a diagnosis and it does not reflect the success rates.
According to small-cell-center.net this year's success rates are 86 percent for a 5-year period after being diagnosed and 76 percent for ten years.
Experts said we have early detection to thank.
"There's all this mumbo-jumbo about you know, waiting until you're 50, that's, that's pretty much out the window. American Cancer Society does recommend, you know, at 40 you begin your mammograms. Mammography, you know, early detection is your best protection," said Shawnna Lucas, nurse navigator at Providence Breast Health Center.
Lucas also said a healthy diet and regular self-breast exams are essential in helping prevent and detect breast cancer.