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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 4 years, we’ve supported Breast Cancer Awareness Month by compiling important facts and figures about the disease into educational resources with our #CheckIntoPink campaign. For the entire month of October, our website will get a makeover as we go pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month once again!
About 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. (#)
In 2017 alone, there’s an estimated 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer expected to be diagnosed in the U.S., along with 63,410 cases of non-invasive breast cancer expected, and 2,470 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.
What Can I Do To Lower My Risks?
Early detection leads to a higher long-term survival rate. Be aware of the symptoms of breast cancer.
Studies have found that regular exercise (about 3 hours a week) can lower breast cancer risk by 18%.
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, if not less, 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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