October: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Morgan Wilkerson

Every 1 in 8 women get breast cancer, and less than 1% of the male population get breast cancer.  As the most common cancer in America, other than skin cancer, October has been set aside as breast cancer awareness month. Breast cancer is a disease where cells in the breast(s) grow out of control. It can spread outside the breast through blood vessels, and lymph vessels. There are different types of breast cancer.

According to the CDC, invasive ductal carcinoma is where cancer cells begin in the ducts then grow outside the ducts into other parts of the breast tissue. Invasive cancer cells may also begin to spread, or metastasize, to other parts of the body. Invasive lobular carcinoma, the cancer cell begins in the lobules then spreads to the breast tissue that is close by. The invasive cancer cells can also spread to other parts of the body 

Some facts about this disease:

  • There are 3.8 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S.A
  • On average every 2 minutes in the U.S a woman gets diagnosed with breast cancer Men can get breast cancer too but it is more common in women 

To learn more about breast cancer and how to reduce your risk, check out the CDC  and the National Breast Cancer Foundation.