Here are the statistics about how important
it is to find a cure for breast cancer
In 2017, there are more than 2.8 million women with a history of breast cancer in the U.S. This includes women currently being treated and women who have finished treatment.
About 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of their lifetimes. In 2016, an estimated 246,660 new cases of invasive breast cancer were diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 61,000 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer.
For women in the U.S., breast cancer death rates are higher than those for any other cancer, besides lung cancer. It was estimated that about 40,450 women in the U.S. would die in 2015 from breast cancer. Remarkably, about 85% of women with breast cancer have a family history of breast cancer and the main risk factor is being a woman and growing older. About 5-10% of breast cancers can be linked to gene mutations inherited from one’s mother or father. Mutations of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes are the most common.
With about 12% of women who are diagnosed with breast cancer, it is likely you know someone who has breast cancer. Ironically for me, several of my dearest friends have been diagnosed with breast cancer. When it happens you feel so helpless because, other than being a true friend, there isn’t much you can do except be supportive, donate to breast cancer research, and promote recommended steps to take to be preemptive for better health.
Things You Should Know
Smoking cigarettes can increase breast cancer in younger premenopausal women. Smoking also complicates the healing process.
Alcoholic beverages increase a woman’s risk of hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer. Alcohol can increase levels of estrogen and other hormones. Alcohol also may increase breast cancer risk by damaging DNA in cells. Compared to women who don’t drink at all, women who have three alcoholic drinks per week have a 15% higher risk of breast cancer. Experts estimate that the risk of breast cancer goes up another 10% for each additional drink women regularly have each day.
Research also states that diet is partly responsible for about 30% to 40% of all cancers. In researching the statistics and facts about breast cancer, we found some excellent recommendations from the website BreastCancer.org. None of it is shocking, but it is helpful to review their recommendations and begin to modify your eating habits.
Women who are overweight have a higher risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer especially after menopause. Fat cells make estrogen and extra fat cells make extra estrogen. When breast cells are exposed to extra estrogen over time, the risk of developing breast cancer is higher.
Chemicals are also a factor and are in just about everything we eat, drink and use. Try to limit your exposure to chemicals. From cosmetics to foods treated with pesticides, sunscreen and even bottled water, all contain chemicals.
Research shows a link between exercising regularly at a moderate or intense level for 4 to 7 hours per week and a lower risk of breast cancer.
Women with low levels of Vitamin D have a higher risk of breast cancer. Vitamin D may play a role in controlling normal breast cell growth and may be able to stop breast cancer cells from growing.