It's October and once again pink is taking over a month once dominated by orange and black. And that is a very good thing. Breast Cancer Awareness has gone mainstream—meaning that seeing ribbons, participating in 5K walks and donating to charities by buying rosy-colored products has become part of your seasonal routine.
In addition to going pink, we want to encourage you to take action and get that mammogram. The statistics are stunning. In 2015 according to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, it is estimated that among U.S. women there will be 231,840 new cases of invasive breast cancer and 40,290 breast cancer deaths. It is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer.
The chance of a woman having invasive breast cancer during her life is about 1 in 8. The chance of dying from breast cancer is about 1 in 36. Right now there are more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.
- Most breast cancers are found in women who are 50 years old or older, but breast cancer also affects younger women.(http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/breast/young_women/) About 11% of all new cases of breast cancer in the United States are found in women younger than 45 years of age.
- Black women have the highest breast cancer death rates of all racial and ethnic groups, and are 40% more likely to die of breast cancer than white women.
Second only to skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women. Getting regular mammograms allows any cancer to be discovered early when treatment is more effective. Most insurance companies and Medicare cover the cost of mammograms. And, in many parts of the U.S., low-cost or free mammograms are offered through national programs and community organizations.
Komen Affiliates fund breast cancer education, screening and treatment projects for those who need it most. Find an Affiliate in your area to learn what resources are available. Or, call the breast care helpline at 1-877 GO KOMEN (1-877-465-6636) to help find low-cost options in your area. For more information, click here.
Making a Plan
The best way to fight breast cancer is to have a plan that helps you detect the disease in its early stages. Create your Early Detection Plan to receive reminders to do breast self-exams, and schedule your clinical breast exams and mammograms based on your age and health history. An Early Detection Plan enables you to be proactive about your health by reminding you to do monthly breast self-exams and schedule clinical breast exams and mammograms – and the app or plan is FREE.
Supporting Breast Cancer Month
Are you looking for ways to support Breast Cancer Month? A good start is the Susan G. Komen Houston Race for the Cure on Saturday, October 31, 2015. To register for the race or get more information, click here.
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