Breast Cancer Awareness
Cancer is a broad term for a class of diseases characterized by abnormal cells that grow and invade healthy cells in the body. Breast cancer starts in the cells of the breast as a group of cancer cells that can then invade surrounding tissues or spread (metastasize) to other areas of the body.
What Causes Cancer To Develop?
Cancer begins in the cells which are the basic building blocks that make up tissue. Tissue is found in the breast and other parts of the body. Sometimes, the process of cell growth goes wrong and new cells form when the body doesn’t need them and old or damaged cells do not die as they should. When this occurs, a build up of cells often forms a mass of tissue called a lump, growth, or tumor.
Breast cancer occurs when malignant tumors develop in the breast. These cells can spread by breaking away from the original tumor and entering blood vessels or lymph vessels, which branch into tissues throughout the body. When cancer cells travel to other parts of the body and begin damaging other tissues and organs, the process is called metastasis.
Breast Cancer Facts
First we need to know that the Breast cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the breast.
After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women in the United States. Breast cancer can occur in both men and women, but it’s far more common in women.
Lets see some facts about the Breast Cancer Cases in USA. We can see that 1 in 8 women in the States will develop Breast Cancer in her lifetime.
- 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 (in situ) breast cancer.
- 62% of breast cancer cases are diagnosed at a localized stage, for which the 5-year survival rate is 99%.
- This year, an estimated 41,760 women will die from breast cancer in the U.S.
- Although rare, men get breast cancer too. The lifetime risk for U.S. men is about 1 in 1,000.
- An estimated 2,670 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year in the United States and approximately 500 will die.
- 1 in 8 women in the United States will develop breast cancer in her lifetime.
- Breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women, except for skin cancers.
- 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.
- Female breast cancer represents 15.2% of all new cancer cases in the U.S.A.
KNOW YOUR BODY
Make informed decisions. Know the facts and decide what’s best for you.
Have a better dialogue with your doctor.
Be aware of anything unusual within your body.
Don’t Be Afraid
Do not be afraid to discuss this among family members.
The female breast is mostly made up of a collection of fat cells called adipose tissue. This tissue extends from the collarbone down to the underarm and across to the middle of the ribcage.
Lobes, Lobules, And Milk Ducts
A healthy female breast is made up of 12–20 sections called lobes. Each of these lobes is made up of many smaller lobules, the gland that produces milk in nursing women. Both the lobes and lobules are connected by milk ducts, which act as stems or tubes to carry the milk to the nipple. These breast structures are generally where the cancer begins to form the Problem of Cancer.
Cancer Facts Statistics by American Cancer Society
This annual report provides the estimated numbers of new cancer cases and deaths in 2016, as well as current cancer incidence, mortality, and survival statistics and information on cancer symptoms, risk factors, early detection, and treatment. In 2016, there will be an estimated 1,685,210 new cancer cases diagnosed and 595,690 cancer deaths in the US.
(Please note: The projected numbers of new cancer cases and deaths in 2016 should not be compared with previous years to track cancer trends because they are model-based and vary from year to year for reasons other than changes in cancer occurrence. Age-standardized incidence and death rates should be used to measure cancer trends.)