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Please join Hughes Advocacy in raising awareness of Breast Cancer!

October 1, 2017

 

 

What is Breast Cancer?  It is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the breast.  It cannot be prevented!  But there are ways to protect your overall health!  Early detection can increase your chance of finding breast cancer before it spreads.

 

Here are a few facts about this horrible disease:

 

  • One in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.

  • Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.

  • Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women.

  • Each year it is estimated that over 252,710 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,500 will die.

  • Although breast cancer in men is rare, an estimated 2,470 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 460 will die each year.

  • On average, every 2 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer and 1 woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes.

  • Over 3.3 million breast cancer survivors are alive in the United States today.

 

There are certain established risk factors that are associated with breast cancer.  Genetic (risk factors that cannot be changed) and Environmental (avoidable risk factors).  

 

Genetic Risk Factors include- Gender, age, race, family history, personal health history, menstrual and reproductive history, certain genome changes, and dense breast tissue

 

Environmental Risk Factors include - lack of physical activity, poor diet, bei