October may be the month of frights and fun. But, it is also the month to raise awareness for a disease that affects people. Breast Cancer is a disease in which a tumor forms in the breast. The cells that have been damaged can invade the surrounding tissue. If detected early enough, those who have breast cancer can continue on with their lives normally.
However, for some this is not the case. Those who have breast cancer face a battle ahead of them. A battle that they need to know they are not in alone. I have met women who have survived breast cancer. These women went through a battle that no one deserves to go through. Cancer treatments like chemotherapy and a mastectomy are painful. Having to go through a fight against breast cancer is something no one deserves to go through.
Here are some facts about breast cancer. Hopefully, some of these facts will be helpful to you, as they have been helpful to me.
- Getting a mammogram can help reduce the number of deaths from breast cancer. Approximately, 30 to 40 percent of women between the ages of 40 and 70 a mammogram has detected the tumor early enough.
- The most significant risks for breast cancer are being female and aging. 95% of of breast cancer diagnosis occur after the age of 40.
- A man’s lifetime risk of breast cancer is 1 in 1,100
- Approximately, 2,240 new cases of breast cancer are expected to occur in men
- The American Cancer Society estimates that about 2.8 million women living in the U.S have a history of breast cancer