October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

From http://www.nbcam.org :

Breast cancer is a malignant tumor that grows in one or both of the breasts. Breast cancer usually develops in the ducts or lobules, also known as the milk-producing areas of the breast.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women (after lung cancer). Although African-American women have a slightly lower incidence of breast cancer after age 40 than white women, they have a slightly higher incidence rate of breast cancer before age 40. However, African-American women are more likely to die from breast cancer at every age. Breast cancer is much less common in males; by comparison, the disease is about 100 times more common among women. According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 1,910 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed among men in the United States in 2009.

For more information check out these sites:

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month: http://www.nbcam.org

Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation: http://www.komen.org

Pink for October: http://pinkforoctober.org

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