Hello pls help, Why is my Iphone 4S saying its going to take over 15 hours to back up ?

My iphone 4S has never backed up in the 2 years that I have had it. I dont know how to save all the stuff off it so I can do an update and if I try to back it up it says its going to take over 15 hours to back up??
Please let me know what I need to do so that I can back up my stuff and update my software without losing anything.
lilrhi x

If necessary, cancel the backup by pressing the 'x' to the right of the progress bar.
Move your photos from your iPhone to your computer... http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4083
Try the backup again.  If still slow, i.e. more than 15 minutes, you likely have a USB problem.

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