Making Strides: Early Detection

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Ann Jones is a breast cancer survivor who teaches other women about early detection. Her daughter, Keala Peters, knows how important it is - her risk of getting breast cancer is significantly higher than a woman with no family history of the disease.

About 860 cases of female invasive breast cancer are diagnosed in Hawaii each year. When breast cancer is detected early, and the tumor is localized, the 5-year survival is 98%. This rate falls to 84% if the cancer is detected at a regional stage, and the 5-year survival rate drops even further to 23% if the cancer is detected at a distant stage.

If breast cancer is detected at the earliest stage, survival is excellent.

American Cancer Society Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines

  • Yearly mammogram's are recommended starting at age 40 and continuing for as long as a woman is in good health
  • Clinical breast exam (CBE) about every 3 years for women in their 20s and 30s and every year for women 40 and over
  • Women should know how their breast normally looks and feel and report any breast change promptly to their health care provider. Breast self-exam (BSE) is an option for women starting in their 20s.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is a 5-mile, noncompetitive walk from Richardson Field to Ford Island and back. It takes place Saturday, October 29. Registration opens at 7 a.m. and the walk begins at 8 a.m. It is an event that raises awareness and dollars to make strides to end breast cancer by finding cures and supporting programs and services for all people facing the disease.

Register online at or call (808) 432-9133.

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