Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. The campaign also offers information and support to those affected by breast cancer. A mammogram – the screening test for breast cancer – can help find breast cancer early and it's easier to treat. It is a chance to raise awareness about the importance of early detection of breast cancer. Make a difference! Spread the word about mammograms and encourage communities, organizations, families, and individuals to get involved.
-One in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
-Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.
-Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women.
-Each year it is estimated that over 252,710 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,500 will die.
-Although breast cancer in men is rare, an estimated 2,470 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 460 will die each year.
-On average, every 2 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer and 1 woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes.
-Over 3.3 million breast cancer survivors are alive in the United States today