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
“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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