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Breast Cancer Awareness

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Facts about Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is not just a woman’s disease. Breast cancer affects both men and women. In 2013 it is estimated that in the US, in women alone, there will be 232,340 new cases of invasive breast cancer, 64,640 new non-invasive cases and 39,620 breast cancer related deaths. In men, the numbers are much lower but still prevalent. It is estimated that in 2013, 2,240 men in the US will be affected with an invasive form of breast cancer and 410 breast cancer related deaths will occur. Statistics show that breast cancer affects, 120 women per every 100,000 and 1 in every 100,000 men.

More research is needed to determine what causes breast cancer and why. A number of risk factors have been identified for both men and women. See below for more details.

What is Breast Cancer?

Breast cancer is a form of cancer that affects the tissue in the breast. Breast cancer forms when the cells of the breast grow and divide at an abnormal rate and without control. Breast cancer can be considered either invasive or non-invasive. Typically the cancerous growth begins with the mammary glands, or milk ducts. When the cancerous cells spread beyond the milk ducts and begin to invade other tissue throughout the breast and/or other parts of the body, it is called invasive. When the cancerous tissue remains within the milk ducts, it is called non-invasive.

Find out more about Breast Cancer at komen.org

Breast Cancer in Women

As stated above, breast cancer affects 120 women in every 100,000. A number of risk factors specific to women have been identified. Being aware of these factors and taking necessary precautions can go a long way in early identification and treatment. In the list below are some of the risk factors. To see a complete list please visit www.breastcancer.org

  • Age – 1 out of 8 cases are in women under 45, 2 out of 3 cases are in women 55 and older
  • Family History – women are 2x more like to develop breast cancer if their mother or sister have it
  • Genetics – 5-10% of all cases are hereditary
  • Personal History – women are more likely to develop breast cancer again once they’ve already had it

Breast Cancer in Men

As stated above, women are not the only ones affected by breast cancer. Though 1% is a small percentage of the group, it is still a percentage and being aware of this and knowing the warning signs will serve to help keep this percentage low. Below is a list of the early detection warning signs most commonly found in men.

  • Lump, hard knot or thickening in the breast, chest or underarm area (usually painless, but may be tender)
  • Change in the size or shape of the breast
  • Dimpling, puckering or redness of the skin of the breast
  • Itchy, scaly sore or rash on the nipple
  • Pulling in of the nipple (inverted nipple) or other parts of the breast
  • Nipple discharge

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