October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October 4, 2010 by
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer does affects women of all ages, cultures, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Besides being a woman, aging is the biggest risk factor for breast cancer.
The American Cancer Society estimates that there are 2.5 million breast cancer survivors living in the US.
Here are some statistics on breast cancer
- Over the course of their lifetime, 1 in 8 women in the US will develop invasive breast cancer.
- In 2010, an estimated 207,090 new cases of invasive breast cancer is expected to be diagnosed in women in the US and about 1,970 new cases of invasive breast cancer in men will be diagnosed.
- Aside from skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women in the US.
- About 20-30% of women diagnosed with breast cancer have a family history of the disease.
- About 70-80% of breast cancers occur in women who have no family history of the disease.
Education is key. The American Cancer Society Recommends that:
- Women 40 and older have a screening mammogram every year and continue doing so as long as they are in good health
- Women in their 20s & 30s have a clinical breast exam as part of their regular exam at least every 3 years.
- After 40, women should have a breast exam every year
- Women perform monthly breast self-exams
To learn more, visit these sites: American Cancer Society, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Breast Cancer.org
Source: American Cancer Society, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Breast Cancer.org