For those of you who didn’t know, October is breast cancer awareness month. In the United States, approximately 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer. Although I could not find the exact statistic for men, breast cancer is about 100 times less common in men than women.
Some other things you should know about breast cancer:
- In the United States, breast cancer death rates are higher than any other cancer. (Lung cancer is also a front runner.)
- Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women.
- White women are more likely to develop breast cancer among any other race in the United States, however black women are more likely to die from it. Asians, Hispanics, and Native Americans have a lower risk of developing and dying from the disease.
- The risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer increases with gender (more likely to occur in women) and age (the older you are, the more likely you are to be diagnosed with breast cancer).
- 15% of women diagnosed with breast cancer have relatives who are diagnosed with it.
- A woman’s risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer is doubled if she has relative suck as mother, sister or daughter who is diagnosed with breast cancer.
Women of all ages should regularly do self examinations of their breasts. If you notice any changes, you should see a doctor immediately. EARLY DECTION IS KEY TO SURVIVING BREAST CANCER. Those over the age of 40 or those who are at high risk should schedule yearly mammograms. Again, early detection is key when it comes to fighting and surviving breast cancer.