Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Every October, people all over the world show their support and raise awareness for everyone impacted by breast cancer. We're educating people about breast cancer risk factors and early detection while stressing the importance of regular screening, starting at age 40 or the age that's appropriate for your breast cancer risk.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month was created in 1985 to promote screening and prevention of the disease, affecting one in eight women in the United States annually and 2.3 million women worldwide. Throughout the annual campaign and yearlong, you are surrounded by people who understand the journey of breast cancer survivors and the ones left behind.

Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day

More than 200,000 people in the United States live with metastatic breast cancer (MBC). The goal of Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day. October 13 is to increase breast cancer awareness and the need for more research about metastatic disease. 

Men's Breast Cancer Awareness Week

Although breast cancer is more prevalent in women, between October 17-24, we recognize that breast cancer affects men, too. About 2,710 American men may be diagnosed with breast cancer this year; about 530 are expected to die. But lack of awareness, and stigma can be barriers to detection and care. Some men, trans men, and non-binary people choose to call their cancer chest cancer.

Breast Cancer Awareness: Statistics

  • In the U.S. in 2022, it's estimated that 43,780 people — 43,250 women and 530 men — will die from breast cancer
  • CDC states that about 9% of all new U.S. breast cancer cases are found in women younger than 45; breast cancer risk increases with age
  • Although Black women are less likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer than white, 41% more likely to die
  • About 170,000 people in our country live with metastatic breast cancer

Breast Cancer Risk Factors

Did you know that your risk of breast cancer is related to your reproductive life stage and age? You can lower your risk by avoiding known factors such as obesity, alcohol, and smoking. Many things impact our health and well-being in life.

Breast Cancer Screening

Regular breast self-exams, annual doctor exams, and yearly mammograms are essential in breast cancer detection, especially early detection when cancers are more treatable.

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