“Women agonize… over cancer; we take as a personal threat the lump in every friend’s breast.”
—Martha Weinman Lear, Heartsounds
- More women die of breast cancer every year than any other cancer except lung cancer
- Breast cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in women
- Although a woman’s chances of getting breast cancer doubles if she has a close relative (mother, daughter, sister) who has had breast cancer herself, 70-80% of women diagnosed with breast cancer have no history of the disease in their families
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, dedicated to educating and raising awareness of breast cancer, preventing cancer, and the importance of early detection that saves lives. The international symbol of breast cancer is a pink ribbon, first adopted by Susan G. Komen for the Cure in 1991.
Each October, fundraising events are held in many communities in the U.S. and internationally, including the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, and the Komen Race for the Cure. This year (2011) is the 25th anniversary of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. You can help by participating in events, volunteering, making a donation, or helping organize a fundraiser at your company or in your area.
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