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Breast Cancer Awareness Month 

This month we are focusing on Breast Cancer Awareness Month and giving a voice to survivors and advocates. This October we are featuring breast cancer advocates on The Monthly Dose to learn more about their experiences and their road to advocacy. We want to give a voice to survivors and raise awareness of this condition that affects more than 200,000 women per year in the US. Here are some facts on breast cancer:

  • 1 in 8 women in the United States will develop breast cancer in her lifetime
  • 64% of breast cancer cases are diagnosed at a localized stage
  • Men can also develop breast cancer although it is extremely rare about 15% of US cases
  • For women in the U.S., breast cancer death rates are higher than those for any other cancer, besides lung cancer
  • A woman’s risk of breast cancer nearly doubles if she has a first-degree relative (mother, sister, daughter) who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Less than 15% of women who get breast cancer have a family member diagnosed with it

Source: Cancer Org

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