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Pink October: National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

In Breast Cancer, Health, Houston, Women's Health on October 5, 2008 at 1:53 am

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It seems that each and every one of us has been touched by this horrible disease in one way or another. According to BreastCancer.org:

• Estimated 180,000 women will be newly diagnosed with breast cancer this year.
• Roughly 41,000 will die from breast cancer this year.
• More than 2 million women are survivors of breast cancer.
• 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.
• 1 in 33 women will die from breast cancer.
• Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women, behind lung cancer.
• When it is detected early, the five-year survival rate exceeds 95%.

But this type of cancer is not a gender bias disease. Although rare (approximately 1% of cases in the United States) men have the possibility of developing breast cancer as well. Unfortunately, men are more like to be diagnosed with an advanced stage of the disease due to the fact that they do not undergo yearly screens or monthly home exams.

Many events are taking place this month to not only bring awareness about this disease, but also to raise money for research and a possible cure.

Despite Hurricane Ike weeks ago, a record breaking 30,000 people participated in the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure event on Saturday, October 4th in Houston. The American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event will held on Saturday, October 11th.

For more information about breast cancer, including risks, signs, and treatment, check out BreastCancer.org.

Also, look at these organizations that support breast cancer awareness in October:

The Breast Cancer Site Store

7-11 Stores and the pink ribbon donut





Campbell’s Soups


and many, many more… Look for the pink ribbon when you shop.

  1. breast cancer is of course easy to diagnose early and very easy to treat if you catch it early,*-

  2. of course we can always prevent cancer, the key is early diagnosis and early treatment .-~

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