The main goal of raising breast cancer awareness is to let people know about early detection and educate on ways to minimize the risk of getting the disease. The heightened awareness has led to increased screenings and improved treatment options and as a result, breast cancers are being detected at an earlier, more treatable stage.
According to The American Cancer Society, breast cancer death rates declined 39% from 1989 to 2016 among women. The progress is attributed to improvements in early detection*.
The mortality rates are declining as well** but still 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer.
October is here to remind us to start talking: sharing stories and breaking down any stigmas associated with the disease. For those of us who have been affected by breast cancer, it’s time to share what we know about symptoms and treatment and emphasize the need for a cure.