A Guide to Breast Cancer Awareness
The month of October means Breast Cancer Awareness Month is underway. This is an important time to reflect on your current breast health. At Change the Cycle, we’ve rounded up a helpful guide to share with your friends and family to get you talking and taking action against cancer that doesn’t discriminate. Use this article to brush up on facts and stats, as well as steps you can take for early detection.
What is Breast Cancer?
When cells in the breast continue to grow out of control, they can form tumors felt as a lump. The tumor is confirmed malignant if the cells enter surrounding tissues and spread to different areas of the body. While breast cancer is most commonly diagnosed in women, men are still, at a lower percent, susceptible. 1
Facts and Stats
- One in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. 2
- Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women. 2
- Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women. 2
- Each year it is estimated that over 246,660 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die. 2
- Although breast cancer in men is rare, an estimated 2,600 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 440 will die each year. 2
- On average, every 2 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer and 1 woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes. 2
- Over 2.8 million breast cancer survivors are alive in the United States today. 2
It’s important for every woman to feel comfortable performing a self-exam. Click here to read step-by-step instructions on performing a self-exam.
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- American Cancer Society Staff, Breast Cancer: Detailed Guide. American Cancer Society. http://www.cancer.org/cancer/breastcancer/detailedguide/breast-cancer-what-is-breast-cancer
- National Breast Cancer Staff, Breast Cancer Facts. National Breast Cancer Foundation. http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-facts
- org Staff, The Five Steps of a Breast Self-Exam. BreastCancer.org.http://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/testing/types/self_exam/bse_steps
- Posted by holx-admin
- On November 17, 2016