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Symbol of Breast Cancer Awareness

Promotes education and prevention of breast cancer, primarily in October

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A Quick Tip by djevoke

  • Oct 6, 2009
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Incredibly important cause for both women & men to educate themselves & to support. Breast Cancer Awareness Month is Oct...#charitytuesday
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Quick Tip by . October 11, 2009
We need further education (and treatment) for this insidious disease that's now in epidemic proportions. Prevention/knowledge is the key.
Quick Tip by . October 06, 2009
Bust out (no pun intended) your pink ribbon attire & magnetic bumper stickers; it's Breast Cancer Awareness Month!
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  • Every 2 minutes, there is a new breast cancer diagnosis.
  • Every 14 minutes, a life is lost to the disease.
  • Over 40,000 people will die this year; about 400 of them will be men.
  • 85% of all diagnoses have no family history
  • 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer.
  • Breast cancer is the leading cause of death in women between ages 40 and 55.
  • October is the official Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Incidence and Mortality Rate Trends:

In the U.S, breast cancer is the most common non-skin cancer and the second leading cause of cancer-related death for women. Interesting fact: every year, a small number of men also are diagnosed with and/or die from breast cancer. Although breast cancer diagnosis rate has increased, there has been a steady drop in the overall breast cancer death rate since the early 1990's. While the incidence rate is lower for African Americans than Whites, the mortality rate is higher. Women of other racial and ethnic groups have lower incidence and mortality rates. It is estimated that approximately $8.1 billion* is spent in the U.S annually on the treatment of breast cancer.

*In 2004 dollars, as reported in Brown ML, Riley GF, Schussler N, and Etzioni RD. Estimating health care costs related to cancer treatment from SEER-Medicare data. Medical Care 2002 Aug; 40 (8 Suppl): IV-104-17
Source for incidence and mortality data: Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program and the National Center for Health Statistics. Additional statistics...
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