#WearItPink: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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#WearItPink: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

According to the World Health Organization, breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women worldwide, claiming the lives of hundreds of thousands of women each year and affecting countries at all levels of modernization.

Breast cancer is a disease in which cancer cells form in the tissues of the breast. October is breast cancer awareness month, a worldwide annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease, provide education, and encourage research.

Facts about breast cancer in the United States

  • One in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
  • Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.
  • Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer among women.
  • Each year, it is estimated that over 252,710 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,500 will die.
  • Although breast cancer in men is rare, an estimated 2,470 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 460 will die each year.
  • On average, every 2 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer and one woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes.
  • Over 3.3 million breast cancer survivors are thriving in the United States today.

“In recent years, perhaps coinciding with the decline in prescriptive hormone replacement therapy after menopause, we have seen a gradual reduction in female breast cancer incidence rates among women ages 50 and older. Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since about 1990, in part due to better screening and early detection, increased awareness, and continually improving treatment options.”

-National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc

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  • By NYChouse | Reply

    Catherine Wardach, thank you for this post. Its very inspiring.

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