National Breast Cancer Awareness Month



October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month , so we’ve decided to you give a list of things you should know about breast cancer.

* National Breast Cancer Awareness month occurs each October and every year more organizations and businesses support this cause. Joby Nail Art is one of those businesses by selling Pink Ribbon nail art and donating to the Susan G. Komen Cancer Foundation.

* What is breast cancer?  It’s a type of cancer where cells in the breast tissue divide and grow without normal control.

* Breast cancer by the numbers, according to the American Cancer Society:

  • About 232,340 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in 2013
  • About 64,640 new cases of carcinoma in situ with be diagnosed. This is the earliest  and non-invasive form of breast cancer
  • Breast cancer is the number two leading cause of cancer death in women. Lung cancer is number one.
  • Currently there are 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S.

*  Susan G. Komen for the Cure shared even more facts and statistics:

  • Approximately one in eight women (12 percent) will be affected by breast cancer in her lifetime.
  • While women appear to be diagnosed younger and younger, women over 40 are three times more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer.
  • Five to 10 percent of all breast cancer cases are related to a genetic mutation.
  • When breast cancer is detected early and confined to the breast, the 5-year survival rate is 98 percent.

* The American Cancer Society recommends that women over 40 should have a mammogram each year.

* There are new options for breast cancer surgery. A new type of specialty, according to the Associated Press, is oncoplastic surgery , combining oncology and plastic surgery.

Risk factors for breast cancer that you can’t control include gender, age, genetics and ethnicity. Lifestyle risk factors include alcohol, being overweight and not exercising.

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