October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual international campaign organized by major breast cancer charities to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its origin, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care.
What Is Breast Cancer?
- Breast cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the breast.
In 2019, an estimated 268,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in the U.S. as well as 62,930 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer.
Although rare, men get breast cancer too. The lifetime risk for U.S. men is about 1 in 1,000.
There are over 3.5 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.
On average, every 2 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States.