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Breast Cancer Awareness 2016: 10 Facts You Should Know About The Disease

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is observed every October to foster knowledge about a disease that is the most common cancer among women worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.

In recent years, scientists have made strides in breast cancer research, and we currently know more than ever about the disease, but there are still many questions to be answered before we can eliminate this deadly strain of cancer. 

breast cancer awareness The umbrellas, above, are part of a campaign aimed at awareness, prevention and treatment of breast cancer in Bulgaria. Photo courtesy of Reuters/Stoyan Nenov

10 facts you should know during Breast Cancer Awareness Month:

  • In 2016, about 246,660 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women, according to the American Cancer Society.

  • About 1 in 8 women — or about 12 percent of females — in the U.S. will develop the disease in their lifetime.

  • About 40,450 women will die from breast cancer in the U.S. this year.

  • The chance that a woman will die from breast cancer is about 1 in 36, or around 3 percent.

  • There are currently more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States, including women still being treated and those who have completed treatment.

  • Death rates from breast cancer have been dropping since about 1989.

  • Mammograms are currently the only effective screening method for breast cancer, WHO reported.

  • A familial history of breast cancer increases the risk by a factor of two or three.

  • Extended life expectancy, increased urbanization, and adoption of western lifestyles have contributed to increased cases of breast cancer in the developing world.

  • Scientists are working toward creating a blood test that could potentially find and observe breast cancer, according to a new study.

 

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