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October- Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Thursday, October 04, 2018

Breast Cancer Awareness Month


October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The Facts:

Thanks to largerly stable incidence rates, improved treatment, as well as earlier detection through screening and increased awareness, a woman's risk of dying of breast cancer dropped 39% between the late 1980s and 2015, translating into more than 300,000 breast cancer deaths avoided during that time.

Despite that progress, there's much more to be done.  Breast cancer is still the second-leading cause of death in women, second only to lung cancer. There is still a large gap in mortality, with African-American women having higher death rates compared to whites, even as incidence rates are simiar.

The American Cancer Society's estimates for breast cancer in the United States for 2018 are:

At this time, there are more than 3.1 million people with a history of breast cancer in the United States. (This includes women still being treated and those who have completed treatment.)

For more information, please visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) or the American Cancer Society websites.