Breast cancer awareness is a necessity throughout the entire year. Apart from skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer found among women in the United States. The chance of developing invasive breast cancer at some point in a woman’s life is less than 12 percent, meaning that 1 in every 8 women will be affected by this disease.
The American Cancer Society’s most recent 2011 estimates for breast cancer show that within a year, about 230,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women, about 57,650 new cases of carcinoma in situ will be diagnosed and about 39,520 women will lose their battle with breast cancer. Given these startling statistics, becoming informed about the kinds of breast cancer, the risks associated with the disease and the preventive care that can help avert it are critical.