October is breast cancer awareness month so I'm here to be sure that you're aware of a few things.
If you've spent more than a few minutes on my website or any of my social media outlets, you know that I'm a breast cancer survivor.
I'm, honestly, a very proud breast cancer survivor.
Breast cancer taught me a lot of things - about life, disease, illness, fortitude, desire and more.
I wrote, previously, about my biggest lesson HERE (click to read); but, today, I just want you to kick off the month by being a bit more aware about some facts and stats that could impact you and your life.
- In the United States, 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer
- 70% of those diagnosed have NO family history
- Getting a mammogram can help reduce the number of deaths from breast cancer by 30 to 40% among women ages 40 to 70
- 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 from the disease.
- One woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes in the US
- Every 19 seconds, someone in the world is diagnosed with breast cancer.
- Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women.
- Only 5 - 10% of those with the disease are holding the genetic mutation ("breast cancer gene")
Sidebar - thank you Lenore Skenazy for including me in your most recent column titled "Breasties" - and new friends met during breast cancer. CLICK HERE TO READ