This month of October is the Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In this occasion, Surania wanted to contribute to the movement, and encourage its Surania girls to get tested.
We listed for you 19 facts, as the International day against Breast Cancer occurs to be on the 19th of October:
- Each year it is estimated that over 220,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40.000 will die.
- According to the National Cancer Institute, in the United States, one in eight woman will be diagnosed with Breast Cancer in her lifetime, against one in eleven in the 1970s.
- About 85% of Breast Cancer are diagnosed in women without family history of breast cancer.
- Each year, about 1 in 1.000 men are diagnosed with breast cancer.
- Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women.
- Breast cancer is the most common cancer occurring in women.
- Getting older is one of the top risk factor for breast cancer: according to the American Cancer Society, 79% of new detection and 88% of deaths occured in women age 50 and older.
- Menopausal hormone use, changes in reproductive patterns and the increased prevalence of obesity are other top breast cancer development factors.
- The increase in breast cancer development is due to longer life expectancy and more detection through screening.
- Women who are diagnosed with cancer before age 40 are 4.5 more likely to develop another breast cancer.
- Only about 2% of women meets the guidelines for screening for breast cancer (this doesn’t mean you should skip your mammogram). The American Cancer Society recommend to do mammograms each year from age 40.
- Breastfeeding for a year or more reduces overall risk of breast cancer (about a 4.3% reduction for every 12 months of breastfeeding).
- Overweight women are 1.5 times more likely to develop breast cancer after menopause than lean women.
- Exercise reduces breast cancer risk. The American Cancer Society recommends 2h30 of exercise per week to manage risk. However, according to Bernstein’s research, even 30 minutes per week, for some, can be beneficial.
- According to a JAMA Surgery study, only about 42% of women who are subjected to mastectomy choose to have reconstructive surgery.
- Do not underestimate the importance of a monthly breast self-exam: 8 out of 10 breast lumps are discovered by women themselves.
- If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, you are up to 4 times more likely to develop a new cancer in the same breast or in the other one.
- Young women who smoke have a higher risk of developing a breast cancer than their nonsmoking peers.
- Breast cancer deaths have been declining since 1990 thanks to early detection, better screening, increased awareness, and new treatment options.
Participate also to the Breast Cancer Awareness Month movement, and wear it pink with Surania:
Source: City of Hope.