October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. I normally have someone guest post about this but somehow time has gotten away from me this year. Because of that, I decided to instead to share some scary statistics with you. Cancer is a disease that I would love to remove all signs of it off the face of this earth. Not only did cancer steal my dad from me almost two years ago but it also took my sister 21 years ago at the age of 27.
Some scary statistics
- Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States, other than skin cancer.
- It is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer.
- About 1 in 8 women in the United States (12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.
- Besides skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among U.S. women. More than 1 in 4 cancers in women (about 28%) are breast cancer.
- The chance of dying from breast cancer is about 1 in 35. Breast cancer death rates have been going down, probably as a result of finding cancer earlier and better treatment.
- There are more than 2 1/2 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.
Early detection is key
The American Cancer Society recommends the following guidelines for early detection:
- Mammogram: Women 40+ should have a screening mammogram every year.
- Clinical breast exam (CBE): Women in their 20s and 30s should have a CBE at least every 3 years. Women aged 40+, women should have a CBE every year.
- Breast self-exam (BSE): BSE is an option for women starting in their 20s. Women should report any changes in how their breasts look or feel to a health expert right away.
Also, raising funds for cancer research is important. But not only raising funds but raising awareness. Brands have undertaken that task and have come up with some creative ways to promote breast cancer awareness.
- The Breast Cancer Struggle
- Breast Cancer Awareness Spreads to the Classroom
- Cancer Awareness Month
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- September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
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