With all the health myths that permeate our lives, it’s important to have the facts when it comes to something as serious as breast cancer.
Here are some breast cancer facts:
Fact: The pink ribbon has become an internationally-recognized symbol of breast cancer awareness.
Fact: The pink ribbon was first used in 1991 when the Susan G. Komen Foundation handed out the ribbons at its New York City event, “Race for the Cure.”
Fact: The pink ribbon gained notoriety through cosmetic company Estee Lauder and Self magazine for the magazine’s Breast Cancer Awareness issue in 1992. Another cosmetics company, Avon, sold pink ribbon pins the following year to raise money for breast cancer research.
Fact: More than 80 percent of all breast lumps are noncancerous (benign).
Fact: Aside from non-melanoma skin cancer, Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women. It is the leading cause of cancer-related death for Hispanic women ages 15 to 54.
Fact: The National Cancer Institute estimates that more than 207,000 women and nearly 2,000 men in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010. Breast cancer will be responsible for nearly 40,000 deaths in females and 400 males.
Fact: More than three-fourths of people with breast cancer are women over the age of 50.
Fact: The five-year survival rate of Stage 0 to Stage II breast cancer patients is more than 80 percent. The same survival rate for Stage III breast cancer patients is still more than 50 percent.