it’s october, that means breast cancer awareness month has officially begun and the world turns pink in recognition of the cause.
here are 5 things to know about breast cancer:
- In the United States, breast cancer is the most common non-skin cancer and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women. Each year, a small number of men are diagnosed with and die from breast cancer. (cancer.gov)
- Although the overall rate of diagnosis of breast cancer increased in the 1990s, it began decreasing in 2000 and has remained steady in recent years. The overall breast cancer death rate has dropped steadily over the past 20 years. (cancer.gov)
- The incidence of breast cancer is highest in white women for most age groups, but African-American women have higher incidence rates before 40 years of age and higher breast cancer mortality rates than women of any other racial/ethnic group in the United States at every age. (cancer.gov)
- Taking initiatives can help reduce your risk of breast cancer, such as limiting how much alcohol you drink and being physically active. (womenshealth.gov)
- Screening can also help find breast cancer early, which is when its most treatable. Learn more about two tests that are most commonly used to screen for breast cancer, mammograms* and clinical breast exams at (womenshealth.gov).
*and here’s 7 things to know about getting a mammogram from the American Cancer Society. check it out!