October usually brings new clothing lines, new shoes (just check out kallieshoes.com), those delicious pumpkin spice lattes, pecan pie, nice weather and much more. But, did you know that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month?
These scary statistics don’t lie…
• About 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.
• In 2014, an estimated 232,670 new cases of invasive breast cancer were expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 62,570 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer.
• About 2,360 new cases of invasive breast cancer were expected to be diagnosed in men in 2014. A man’s lifetime risk of breast cancer is about 1 in 1,000.
• About 85% of breast cancers occur in women who have no family history of breast cancer. These occur due to genetic mutations that happen as a result of the aging process and life in general, rather than inherited mutations.
• The most significant risk factors for breast cancer are gender (being a woman) and age (growing older).
Those statistics scare me because…
1. I am a woman.
2. I am the proud mother of two beautiful daughters.
3. I have my mother
4. I have sisters
5. I have nieces
6. I have female cousins
7. I have girlfriends
If there’s something statistics show is that breast cancer does not respect age, ethnicity, age, social status, religion or any other demographics. Breast cancer continues to affect women around the globe, and here in the United States about 1 of 8 women will develop breast cancer. There’s a high chance that you know of someone who has cancer, has had cancer or has lost the battle against cancer. Ignoring the statistics does not protect us from this terrible disease.
Early detection saves thousands of lives each year. When cancer is detected early the 5-year survival rate is 98%. If you don’t keep track of your self-exams, you can try this website where you can create an early detection plan. There’s even an app for it! Just go to http://www.earlydetectionplan.org
Let’s celebrate the survivors, support those fighting against cancer and let’s find a cure.
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