By Noelia Trujillo
Every October, pink becomes the new black. People don rosy shirts and accessories, and companies create pink products all in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In addition to supporting the cause via pink purchases and showing support with pink ribbons, educating yourself about the disease and early detection can be life saving.
These 10 facts shed some surprising light on the disease and the need to find its cure:
- Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide.
- One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer.
- It’s the second leading cause of death among women.
- More than 220,000 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed, and more than 40,000 will die from it every year.
- Although rare in men, about 2,150 will be diagnosed with the disease, and an estimated 410 will die yearly.
- Two major risk factors of getting the disease are being a female and aging.
- About 95 percent of all breast cancers in the U.S. occur in women 40 years and older.
- Despite occurring more often in white women, mortality from the disease is higher for black women.
- Every 19 seconds, someone in the world is diagnosed with breast cancer. Every 13 minutes, a woman dies from the disease.
- There are more than 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S., the largest group of cancer survivors in the country.
These facts are eye opening. This is exactly why it so important to examine your own breasts and encourage your friends and loved ones to do the same. Adult women are strongly encouraged to perform breast self-examinations, which involve feeling and observing the breasts for any lumps or discharge, at least once a month. The more consistently you perform these exams, the quicker you are to detect any changes and alert your doctor. Clinical breast exams, mammograms and living an active, healthy lifestyle can help detect and reduce your risk of the disease.
Want to help the American Cancer Society fight the disease while celebrating survivors and raising awareness in Gainesville? Attend the inspiring Making Strides of Gainesville 5K on Saturday, Oct. 25.