October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual international health campaign to increase awareness of the disease. 2020 has been a compelling reminder that we are in this together and our actions can protect the most vulnerable among us in a big way. The same holds true when it comes to breast cancer.
Here are a few fast facts you should know about Breast Cancer:
- One in eight women will be impacted by breast cancer in their lifetime.
- In 2020, an estimated 276,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S.
- For women in the U.S., breast cancer death rates are higher than those for any other cancer, besides lung cancer.
- Men can also be impacted by breast cancer, but it is not as common. About 1 out of every 100 breast cancers diagnosed in the United States affects a man.
Don’t let COVID-19 delay your mammogram
Mammograms and early detection are critical, even during a pandemic. Coronavirus will be in our communities for an extended and unknown period of time and the public should not put off health maintenance and important screenings like mammography.