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Today marks the official start of Breast Cancer Awareness month, and we here at Mountainside Medical Equipment are proud to be sharing important facts, statistics, and other information regarding Breast Cancer, throughout the entire month of October. It is our hope that we will continue to bring awareness for this terrible disease, and help women and men everywhere recognize the importance of Breast Cancer and Breast Cancer prevention.
Today, begins the series on Breast Cancer Awareness, and in this blog post, we will be sharing some interesting facts with you about Breast Cancer, some you may not even know about. Please share with all of the women (and men) in your life.
1. The American Cancer Society estimates that this year, about 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women.
2. The leading risk factor for breast cancer is simply being a woman. Though breast cancer does occur in men, the disease is 100 times more common in women.
3. According to the National Cancer Institute, a woman has about a one in eight chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
4. Men can also get breast cancer. This year, the American Cancer Society estimates that 2,470 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in men in the United States.
5. Cancer is NOT just a hereditary disease. Only 5-10% of cancers are hereditary. Just because you may not have any immediate family members with breast cancer, doesn't mean that you shouldn't take preventative measures to lower your risk, and get screened for the disease.
6. Check yourself. 1 in 8 women today will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. Many of these women will find their own lumps before a doctor does.
7. Most women - approximately 8 out of 10, who get breast cancer do not have a family history of the disease. However, women who have close blood relatives with breast cancer do have a higher risk. Having a first degree relative with breast cancer almost doubles a woman's risk.
8. As you age, your risk of breast cancer increases. Most breast cancers are found in women age 55 and older, but that does not mean that they can't be found in women as young as 20 years old.
9. Breast cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in women, right after skin cancer. Overall, cancer deaths are the second most common cause of death for women, after heart disease.
10. Prevention is key! Routine mammograms and screening for breast cancer is critical to prevent and detect the disease early. Early detection can mean life or death, and increases your chance of survival.
Ladies, (and gentlemen) it is time to take a stand for your health. Do not ignore your routine testing and physical examinations, and do not discount checking yourself either. You know your body best - if you feel that something is wrong, if you see that something doesn't look or feel right, go to your doctor. Do not think of yourself as paranoid or consider yourself a hypochondriac. If something feels off, it most likely is; and, even if you feel fine, or don't feel any lumps, get screened and tested anyway. That is the only way to know for sure if you are healthy.