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Breast Cancer Awareness
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by Original content: Joy West, Jackson County | Blog post: Katie Cullum, White County
Breast Cancer is the most common cancer for women in the world, with hundreds of thousands
of women succumbing to it each year. In the US alone, an estimated 276,480 cases
of invasive breast cancer and 48,530 cases of non-invasive breast cancer were diagnosed
in 2020. That is 1 in every 8 women. Since 1990 death rates have been declining
due to better screening, early detection, increased awareness and improving treatment
options. Yet approximately 42,170 women will die this year from breast cancer.
Thought of mostly as a female cancer, males can be affected too. Less than 1% of
breast cancer cases develop in men, about 1 in 1,000 men will be diagnosed. An estimated
2,620 men in the US will be diagnosed this year. Although rare, men have a higher
mortality rate, approximately 520 men will die this year in the US. When men detect
a lump, they often delay in reporting it to their doctor. This delay causes a gap
in time before seeking treatment, which then may require more treatments.
When breast cancer is detected early in the localized stage, the survival rate is
99%. It is important to do monthly breast self-exams and scheduling regular clinical
breast exams and mammograms.
Scientists don’t know the exact cause of Breast Cancer. Cancer grows when a cell’s
DNA is damaged but why or how it becomes damaged is unknown. There are certain risk
factors that are associated with breast cancer.
Environmental and Lifestyle Risk Factors
To help with improving your lifestyle risks check out our life skills and wellness resources.
More information and resources on breast cancer can be found at: nationalbreastcancer.org/about-breast-cancer/
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