October is quickly approaching which means it is time to take full advantage of Breast Cancer Awareness month! It is the month when the most awareness is raised for this horrific disease. And also gives me another excuse to buy more pink things (but only if part of the proceeds are being donated, of course.)
You can read here how breast cancer has directly affected myself and my family. I also explain in that post what I’m doing to try to help find a cure and raise awareness.
We NEED to find a cure. For my family. For my friends. For you. For your family. For your friends. For me. For my future children. For anybody and everybody that is or can be affected by this disease. The best way to do this is to raise awareness and donate/raise as much money as possible to go towards research to finding a cure. Be aware of the facts.
- In 2015, an estimated 231,840 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 60,290 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer.
- About 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime
- For women in the U.S., breast cancer death rates are higher than those for any other cancer, besides lung cancer.
- Besides skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women. In 2015, it’s estimated that just under 30% of newly diagnosed cancers in women will be breast cancers.
- In 2015, there are more than 2.8 million women with a history of breast cancer in the U.S. This includes women currently being treated and women who have finished treatment.
- A woman’s risk of breast cancer approximately doubles if she has a first-degree relative (mother, sister, daughter) who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Less than 15% of women who get breast cancer have a family member diagnosed with it.
- About 85% of breast cancers occur in women who have no family history of breast cancer. These occur due to genetic mutations that happen as a result of the aging process and life in general, rather than inherited mutations.
- The most significant risk factors for breast cancer are gender (being a woman) and age (growing older).
- Source of statistics can be found here.
My goals again this year are to wear something pink every day in October. To talk to anyone I can about getting screened and checking yourself (and taking my own advice on this.) To donate when I can. To spreading the word to anyone in need about what Susan G. Komen can do for them. To offer to let people read my Promise Me book for them to have a new view on Susan G. Komen. To hug a survivor.