Facts from cancer.org:
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers. About 1 in 8 (12%) women in the US will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime.
The American Cancer Society’s most recent estimates for breast cancer in the United States are for 2012:
- About 226,870 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women.
- About 63,300 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will be diagnosed (CIS is non-invasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer).
- About 39,510 women will die from breast cancer
After increasing for more than 2 decades, female breast cancer incidence rates began decreasing in 2000, then dropping by about 7% from 2002 to 2003. This large decrease was thought to be due to the decline in use of hormone therapy after menopause that occurred after the results of the Women’s Health Initiative were published in 2002. This study linked the use of hormone therapy to an increased risk of breast cancer and heart diseases. Incidence rates have been stable since 2004.
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer. The chance that breast cancer will be responsible for a woman’s death is about 1 in 36 (about 3%). Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since about 1990, with larger decreases in women younger than 50. These decreases are believed to be the result of earlier detection through screening and increased awareness, as well as improved treatment.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and I wanted to share my awareness with a beautiful pink manicure using Zoyas! I used Zoya Reagan, Kimber, and Rory from the Beach and Surf Collection (which I purchased over the Summer because I had to have the ENTIRE Collection!!). I started off with Reagan, the most beautiful pink there is!! Then I painted off the tips with Kimber, a sparkly magenta foil! I hand-drew a BCA ribbon using Rory on my ring finger, and on my middle and pinky finger, I did a cute leopardish design using a sponge for Rory, and brushing on spots with Kimber!
It was a fun manicure, and I’m proud to wear it to show my awareness!
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How are you showing your awareness for Breast Cancer this month?