In addition to being Adopt A Shelter Dog Month, October is also Breast Cancer Awareness month. Phoebe is dressed in her furry best PINK to show her support!
Did you know that according to the American Cancer Society breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers. About 1 in 8 (12%) women in the US will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime. The American Cancer Society's estimates for breast cancer in the United States for 2014 are:
- About 232,670 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women.
- About 62,570 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will be diagnosed (CIS is non-invasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer).
- About 40,000 women will die from breast cancer
Long term heavy smoking
Being overweight or obese
Lack of physical activity
Hormone therapy after menopause
Taking Birth control pills and DMPA birth control injections
For a more complete list and explanation of risk factors, see the AmericanCancer Society's breast cancer risk factors.
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