October is Breast Cancer Awareness MonthAccording to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers. The chance of developing invasive breast cancer at some time in a woman's life is about 1 in 8 (12%). In 2012, an estimated 226,870 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States.
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer. The good news is that breast cancer is a disease that can be treated and cured. Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since about 1990, with larger decreases in women younger than 50. At this time there are about 2.6 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. (This includes both women still being treated and those who have completed treatment.) Treatment for breast cancer includes surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, endocrine/anti-hormone therapy and clinical trials.
Source: American Cancer Society (ACS): What are the key statistics about breast cancer?