Breast Cancer Facts. Part 2
There are many facts and statistics surrounding breast cancer. Here are more interesting facts about the disease that most people do not know.
Breast Cancer Fact 1. Breast cancer was originally known as a nuns disease. This was due to the fact that more nuns were diagnosed with the disease. Researchers believe this was due to the fact that nuns did not have children, therefore had more periods, and more exposure to estrogen during their lifetime.
Breast Cancer Fact 2. 8 out of 10 lumps that are found are noncancerous. This means that 80% of lumps are not cancer. Nonetheless, don’t let this statistic cause you to ignore any lump.
Breast Cancer Fact 3. Every 19 seconds someone in the world is diagnosed with breast cancer. By the same token, this equates to approximately 3 people being diagnosed every hour. Moreover those calculations come to 75 people being diagnosed per day.
Breast Cancer Fact 4. One woman will die of breast cancer every 13-15 minutes in the United States. This startling statistic is one woman too many. Additionally, with early detection along with treatment, breast cancer is a treatable disease.
Breast Cancer Fact 5. The good news is that there are nearly 3 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. This number has increased over the years. With early detection and treatment this number can continue to increase.
Breast Cancer Fact 6. Lastly, research has shown that the left breast is more prone to developing breast cancer than the right breast. Scientists are not sure why this is true. In light of this research, my breast cancer was found in my right breast.
Breast Cancer Statistics, A Moving Target
These statistics are purely estimates and are ever changing. Available information and data surrounding breast cancer is constantly changing as research is becoming more advanced. Additionally, another reason for variances can be due to the varying time periods for which the data is collected and reported.
Breast cancer awareness is at an all time high in the month of October, but for a breast cancer survivor, like myself, every month deserves the same amount of attention. Be aware and be knowledgeable about this disease, one that affects so many women today.
Breast Cancer Facts. Part 1
There are many facts surrounding breast cancer. Some facts are unknown, some are well known, while others are startling. Being informed regarding the facts of breast cancer can save your life.
Last year in 2016, 246,660 new cases of invasive breast cancer was diagnosed. Moreover, an additional 61,000 non-invasive cases were also diagnosed.
Breast cancer is the 2nd leading cause of cancer deaths among women in the US. This is 2nd only to lung cancer.
Over 2,000 men are diagnosed with breast cancer annually. This is despite the fact that women are 200 times more likely to develop breast cancer.
Breast feeding for one year or more slightly decreases your risk of developing breast cancer. It is thought to be related to the fact that breastfeeding interrupting periods. Fewer periods, means less estrogen exposure. Further research also attributes this decreased risk to changes in the breast that occur after lactation.
8 out of 10 lumps are discovered by women themselves. This equates to 80% of all lumps. This further validates the need for self breast exams.
Only 42% of women who undergo a mastectomy go on to have breast reconstruction. Breast reconstruction is such a delicate subject. Treatment for breast cancer can be so emotionally draining, that some women are too exhausted to go through with reconstruction.
While there are many facts and statistics surrounding breast cancer, it is important to seek the expertise of a physician if you questions, concerns, or uncertainties.