October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. To honor the month, I have created a set of Pink Planner Stickers for your planner needs.
We all know of someone who has breast cancer, who has survived breast cancer or who we have lost due to breast cancer. This serious topic hits very close to home for me. On September 21, 2016, I lost my best friend aka sister to breast cancer after a 3 year battle. She was a survivor, a warrior, and my hero.
Because this topic is so important to me, I wanted to take this opportunity to state some facts and statics that I received from BreastCancer.org
- About 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.
- In 2016, an estimated 246,660 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S.
- About 2,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in men in 2016. A man’s lifetime risk of breast cancer is about 1 in 1,000.
- About 40,450 women in the U.S. are expected to die in 2016 from breast cancer.
- 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 2016, it’s estimated that just under 30% of newly diagnosed cancers in women will be breast cancers.
- In women under 45, breast cancer is more common in African-American women than white women.
- In 2016, there are more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.
- A woman’s risk of breast cancer nearly 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.
- The most significant risk factors for breast cancer are gender (being a woman) and age (growing older).
Please get involved and do self-exams. Early detection is an important key. May we find a cure for this terrible disease and end the suffering.