Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Gabriela Gronkowski, Staff Writer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month nationally. We all can be affected by breast cancer in some way, it can be male and females that can get breast cancer. We all should be aware and safe.

I will first explain how breast cancer happens. Breast cancer occurs when cells in the breast divide and grow without their normal control.

Tumors in the breast tend to grow slowly. By the time a lump is large enough to feel, it may have been growing for as long as 10 years. Some tumors are aggressive and grow much faster.

No matter who you are or where you live, breast cancer may affect your life. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the U.S. and around the world.

In 2019, about 268,600 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in the U.S. alone.

Progress in treatment and early detection has led to improved survival for people of all ages and races, and with all stages of breast cancer.

In fact, there are more than 3.5 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S. today. That is more than any other group of cancer survivors.

There are 2,670 new cases of invasive breast cancer in men. There are about 500 breast cancer deaths for men.

Breast cancer in men is rare, but it does happen.

In the U.S., less than 1 percent of all breast cancer cases occur in men.

Breast cancer risk is much lower in men than in women. The lifetime risk of getting breast cancer is about 1 in 833 in U.S. men compared to 1 in 8 for U.S. women.

Since 1995, the chance of getting breast cancer in men in the U.S. has remained stable.

If you are ever concerned about something, consult your doctor.

All information comes from these two websites if you have more questions,

https://www.cancer.org/cancer/breast-cancer/about/what-is-breast-cancer.html

https://ww5.komen.org/