Breast Cancer Awareness

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and we would like to take a moment to share some valuable information with everyone. Did you know that one out of eight women living in the US will develop invasive breast cancer? That’s 12% of the female population of the United States. One in a thousand men will also be diagnosed. Did you know that last year nearly 2,000 men were diagnosed with invasive breast cancer and that nearly five hundred men died because of it? Besides lung cancer and skin cancer, breast cancer related deaths in women are higher than any other forms of cancer in the United States, that’s 28% of women diagnosed with any form of cancer. Did you know that women with first degree relatives who have been diagnosed with breast cancer are twice at risk of also developing breast cancer? Five to ten percent of breast cancers can be linked to gene mutations inherited from one’s parents while seventy to eighty percent still occurs in women who have no family history of breast cancer. Early detection could save your life. Frequent self examinations can help keep you catch any signs of breast cancer development. Check to make sure that  both breasts are their usual shape, size and color. Check for any dimples, bulging or skin puckering. If you notice any abnormal position changes, nipple inverting or swelling consult a doctor. For a more extensive guide to self examining please visit BreastCancer.org

Thanks to continued support from charitable organizations such as Making Strides and Koman for The Cure there were more than 2.5 million breast cancer survivors last year.

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