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Breast Cancer Awareness Facts

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the most common cancer amongst women, after melanoma (skin cancer). In the United States, it is expected that 270,090 women and 1,970 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer in the year 2010. More than 40,000 of them will die.

There are two major risk factors of breast cancer: gender and age. The risk of getting breast cancer increases many times with age. Though young women and men have a lower risk, it doesn’t mean they are immune to it. Breast cancer can still occur at much younger ages. Breast self-exams are therefore still crucial for women in their 20s and 30s.

Statistics indicate that 1 out of every 8 women in the United States will develop breast cancer over the course of her lifetime! You are very likely to personally know more than one person who has it or will have it. For this reason, yo should get involved in all the projects that are geared towards funding breast cancer research. Your contribution will make a difference.

October was originally made Breast Cancer Awareness Month to encourage women to remember to get their mammograms. The rest of us can contribute in preventing more casualties to breast cancer and celebrate that there are more than 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the United States and other countries.

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