Breast Cancer Awareness
The leaves might be turning gold this month, but Americans are turning pink. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, when people don everything from pink ribbons to pink NFL gear. Communities across the nation hold events to unite in the education, prevention, treatment and cure of breast cancer. So what's the latest?
Looking Good, with Hope for Even Better
There's hopeful news about breast cancer. The American Cancer Society says that breast cancer has been declining since 2000. And 10 years ago, there was a 7% drop from 2002 to 2003. Even better, the survival rate is encouraging, with an estimated 2.9 million survivors in the U.S.1
While things are heading in the right direction, there is still room to improve. The 2013 estimates show:
- 232,340 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer this year.
- About 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer.
- Approximately 64,640 will be diagnosed with carcinoma in situ (CIS), which is non-invasive.
- About 39,620 women will die from breast cancer this year.1
Knowledge is power when it comes to breast cancer. In fact, the American Society of Clinical Oncology reports that a recent survey shows that only 1 in 10 women about to undergo a mammogram had an accurate idea about the likelihood they would develop cancer.2 So spread the word. You can make a difference!
Protect Yourself and Loved Ones
Chances are that in your lifetime, you will know someone affected by breast cancer. Why not celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month by making an effort to protect yourself and loved ones? Assess your diet and exercise, and make changes where necessary. Encourage female friends and family to perform preventive breast cancer measures such as self exams and mammograms.
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1. "What are the Key Statistics About Breast Cancer?," American Cancer Society, http://www.cancer.org/cancer/ breastcancer/detailedguide/ breast-cancer-key-statistics
2. "Key Research from the 2013 Breast Cancer Symposium Highlights New Insights on DCIS Therapy and Women's Perceptions of Breast Cancer Risk," American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), http://newswise.com/articles /key-research-from-the-2013-breast-cancer-symposium-highlights-new-insights-on-dcis-therapy-and-women-s-perceptions-of-breast-cancer-risk