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Breast cancer facts, get inspired to check your ta-tas

Posted Oct 04 2009 10:01pm

Instead of an age of ignorance, we must build a bold new age of awareness and action.

~ Nancy Brinker, Founder of Susan G Komen


Get inspired to check your ta-tas ladies! October is national breast cancer awareness month and the Susan G Komen For The Cure Foundation is the largest global breast cancer movement to support, inspire and inform people globally to help end breast cancer.

Below are critical breast cancer facts and information you need to know...

Who Gets Breast Cancer

  • An estimated 192,370 new cases of invasive breast cancer will occur among women in the United States during 2009.
  • And an estimated 40,170 women will die from breast cancer.
  • Also, about 1,910 men will be diagnosed and 440 men will die of breast cancer during 2009 in the United States.
  • In addition to invasive breast cancer, an estimated 62,280 new cases of in situ breast cancer will occur among women in 2009. 
  • Breast cancer is the most common cancer among African American women. It is also the second leading cause of cancer death among African American women, exceeded only by lung cancer.
  • Although rare, younger women can also get breast cancer. Just five percent of all breast cancers occur in women under age 40.

Warning Signs of Breast Cancer

The most common symptoms of breast cancer are a change in the look or feel of the breast, a change in the look or feel of the nipple and nipple discharge. These are listed below: 

  • Lump, hard knot or thickening
  • Swelling, warmth, redness or darkening
  • Change in the size or shape of the breast
  • Dimpling or puckering of the skin
  • Itchy, scaly sore or rash on the nipple
  • Pulling in of your nipple or other parts of the breast
  • Nipple discharge that starts suddenly
  • New pain in one spot that doesn’t go away

Facts from Susan G Komen For The Cure

Important Links:

Breast self-exam how-to video

General recommendations for screening

Susan G. Komen We Will Video

"WE WILL" is a short film about Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, showing the inspiration, the passion and the action behind the promise to save lives and end breast cancer forever. Together with researchers, donors and advocates all over the world, WE WILL do what it takes to realize a world without breast cancer.

How to assess your breast cancer risk factors

René Syler with Dr. Anne Moore, Medical Director of Breast Oncology Program at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University talk about risk factors and prevention for breast cancer.

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