Breast cancer is the most common malignancy in women and the second leading cause of cancer death. Breast cancer is three times more common than all gynecologic malignancies put together. The incidence of breast cancer has been increasing steadily every year and it needs to end. A cure needs to be found, and now.
- Every two minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer.
- One woman in eight who lives to age 85 will develop breast cancer during her lifetime.
- Breast cancer is the leading cause of death in women between the ages of 40 and 55.
- Seventy percent of all breast cancers are found through breast self-exams. Not all lumps are detectable by touch. We recommend regular mammograms and monthly breast self-exams.
- Eight out of ten breast lumps are not cancerous. If you find a lump, don’t panic-call your doctor for an appointment.
- Mammography is a low-dose X-ray examination that can detect breast cancer up to two years before it is large enough to be felt.
- When breast cancer is found early, the five-year survival rate is 96%. This is good news! Over 2 million breast cancer survivors are alive in America today.
“When breast cancer is found early, the five-year survival rate is 96%.”
—National Breast Cancer Foundation
During the month of October many sites, stores, and charity organizations collect and or donate a percentage of their sales to Breast Cancer Funding. The Susan G. Komen foundation is the largest nonprofit to deliver funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world. And since it began in October 2000, The Breast Cancer Site has funded more than 16,000 free mammograms for low income, uninsured, and working poor women throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Both of these organizations are fabulous for women, men, and children in need and provide caring support for those who have ever been affected by breast cancer.
Support for this cause can come in all forms as well; purchases, donations, and even just a simple click of the mouse can fund research to help prevent and find a cure. Working together, we can make an impact and hopefully put an end to this fight for good!
Samira Gutoc is the founder and managing editor of Atlas and Co. She is also a content writer, blogger, poet, photographer and an editorial associate.