With the exception of skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly occurring cancer in the U.S., with an estimated 265,000+ invasive cancer diagnoses estimated for 2018. According the National Breast Cancer Foundation, 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, with an average of one woman dying of breast cancer every 13 minutes.
In the face of this bleak statistic, there is hope! During the month of October, we celebrate National Breast Cancer Awareness month with more than three million breast cancer survivors and fighters across the U.S., promoting education, research, and a community of support for our ladies and loved ones.
What is breast cancer?
According to the Center for Disease Control, breast cancer is a disease in which cancer cells abnormally multiply. There are two common types of breast cancer: invasive ductal carcinoma (breast cancer in the ducts) and invasive lobular carcinoma (breast cancer in the lobes). If the cancer cells enter the blood stream and spread into the lymph nodes, the cancer is referred to as metastasized.
Although the specific cause of cancer is unknown, many factors can impact the likelihood of developing breast cancer, including genetics, gender, age, unrelated diseases, radiation exposure, obesity, and pregnancy.
How can I prevent breast cancer?
There are several key prevention tips to helping mitigate the potential formation of breast cancer cells:
- Schedule annual breast cancer screenings
- Learn how to self-examine
- Reduce alcohol consumption
- Maintain a healthy diet and weight
Where can I find out more information?
Breast cancer impacts the lives of women, and their loved ones, across the world. If you would like to learn more or schedule an annual exam, click HERE or contact Women’s Health Care Research team at firstname.lastname@example.org. Celebrate National Breast Cancer Awareness month by learning more about your health today!