It’s December (can you believe it) and ’tis the season to be merry. With a new month comes new beginnings. We’re kicking off the start of our new month with…
In honor of October being breast cancer awareness month, we’ve decided to share a few facts and some of our favorite famous pink stones.
- In the US, 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.
- Breast cancer typically has no symptoms when the tumor is small and most easily treated, which is why screening is important for early detection.
- Women who get regularly screened for breast cancer have a 47% lower risk of dying from the disease compared to those who don’t.
- A man’s lifetime risk of breast cancer is about 1 in 1,000.
- Although rare, men get breast cancer too. In 2021, an estimated 2,650 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year in the U.S. and approximately 530 will die.
- Approximately 1 in 8 women (13%) will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in their lifetime and 1 in 39 women (3%) will die from breast cancer.
- Breast cancer incidence and death rates increase with age until one’s 70’s. During 2012-2016, the median age at the time of breast cancer diagnosis was 62.
- Breast cancer rates are highest among non-Hispanic (NH) whites, followed closely by NH blacks. However, NH black women have the highest breast cancer death rate, more than double that in Asian/Pacific Islander women, who have the lowest incidence and death rates.
- Breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women, except for skin cancers. It is estimated that in 2021, approximately 30% of all new women cancer diagnoses will be breast cancer.
- There are over 3.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.