Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women, and it’s estimated that more than 40,000 women will die from the disease this year in the United States alone. In addition, an estimated 2,150 American men will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year and more than 15% of those diagnosed die every year. *Source: National Breast Cancer Foundation
These staggering statistics don’t have to be something that we accept as a reality—that’s why UM Charles Regional Medical Center invites you to arm yourself with awareness during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Here are some vital facts that you need to know to understand the disease.
Breast Cancer Facts
- Breast cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death among women, second only to lung cancer
- More than 220,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with breast cancer every year
- 1 out of 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime
- Risk factors for breast cancer include age, race, genetics, health history and more, but 60-70% of people with breast cancer have no connection to risk factors at all
Your learning and involvement doesn’t have to end there. UM Charles Regional Medical Center encourages you to take part in two local events this October. These upcoming events will educate the public about breast cancer as well as raise funds to support the search for a cure. Check out details for these events below.
Mission Pink Walk
October 10 | 8:30am-11:00am
Join the Sisters at Heart Cancer Survivors of Charles County at the St. Charles Towne Center on Saturday, October 10, for the Mission Pink Walk. Register online or at the event for $25 (cash only) and help support the mission to find a cure. In addition to the mall walk, the event will feature zumba, a Chick-fil-A breakfast, guest speakers, raffles, live music and much more. For more information, visit the official event page today.
Breast Cancer Luncheon
October 22 | 11:00am-2:00pm
Mark your calendar to attend this annual event, sponsored by UM Charles Regional Medical Center, on Thursday, October 22 at the Richard R. Clark Senior Center in La Plata. This luncheon is designed to honor breast cancer survivors and to educate the general public about the disease. Pre-registration is required to attend this FREE event, so call 301.934.5423 or 301.870.2015 for more information and to register.
Early detection is crucial. In addition, when breast cancer is detected early and is in the localized stage, the
5-year relative survival rate is 100%. As a result, regular breast cancer screenings and exams are highly recommended by the American Cancer Society. Call (301) 609-4413 to schedule a mammogram today.