We know that Breast Cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the breast.
In the late 90’s my mom was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. She underwent a radical mastectomy, losing one of her breasts. She took tamoxifen for 5 years, and ended up living the remainder of her natural life cancer free. It was tough on her. She was willing to give up at one point. After some heart to heart chats, she moved forward. My mom was a fighter, she was tougher than I will ever be. And through it all, she never complained. Not once.
Let us all be mindful that 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. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, during this month, it is hoped that people will become MORE aware of breast cancer risks, the value of screening and early detection, and treatment options available to women and men who are diagnosed with one of the many forms of breast cancer.