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We want everyone to be aware of the steps they can take to avoid, prevent, and detect breast cancer. So for the last 5 years, we’ve supported Breast Cancer Awareness Month by giving our website a pink makeover for the entire month of October and compiling up to date Breast Cancer Awareness statistics and prevention measures to give our community the tools and tips they need to stay healthy.
About 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of their lifetime.
This year, there are an estimated 266,120 new cases of invasive breast cancer expected to expected to be diagnosed in the U.S., up from last year’s 252,710. Another 63,960 cases of non-invasive breast cancer are expected, and 2,550 cases of men diagnosed with breast cancer expected.
Breast cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in American women after skin cancer.
It’s estimated that roughly 30% of newly diagnosed cancer cases in women will be cases of breast cancer.
A woman’s odds of developing breast cancer nearly doubles if she has a first-degree relative (mother, sister, daughter) who has been diagnosed with breast cancer as well.
Less than 15% of women who develop breast cancer also have a family member with the disease, meaning 85% of breast cancer cases occur in women who have no family history of breast cancer.
Early detection leads to a higher long-term survival rate. Be aware of the symptoms of breast cancer. Women over 40 who have regular breast exams significantly increase their ability to control any detected growth.
Studies have found that regular exercise (about 2.5 hours a week) can lower overall breast cancer risk.
Maintaining a healthy body weight, especially after menopause, can greatly reduce your risk of developing breast cancer.
Smoking causes a number of diseases and is linked to a higher risk of breast cancer in younger women.
Limit Your Alcohol
If you drink alcohol, try to have no more than one drink per day for women and no more than two drinks per day for men, even if the alcohol content of that drink is low. Studies show that alcohol content doesn’t pose a significant difference in how alcohol affects your risk. Since even small amounts of alcohol can impact your body’s estrogen production, it’s important to limit your intake entirely.
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