October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
According to Breastcancer.org, about one in eight U.S. women (about 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. In 2020, an estimated 276,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 48,530 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer. About 2,620 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in men in 2020. A man’s lifetime risk of breast cancer is about one in 883. Breast Cancer Awareness Month, is observed in countries across the world every October, helping increase attention and support for the awareness, early detection, and treatment as well as palliative care of this disease.
Today, the prognosis for breast cancer is reasonably good, as it has an 89% five-year survival rate (Planmed.com). The aim of breast cancer screening is to detect cancer earlier than without screening. The main benefit of screening for breast cancer is the decrease in the mortality rate. Traditionally, pink ribbons are worn in support and social media post encouraging mammograms.
Click here to learn facts from the CDC and visit breastcancer.org to learn how you can help.