October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

As the weather changes and signs of fall are all around us, we are also reminded that October is breast cancer awareness month. In 2020 it’s estimated that there will be over 200,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer diagnosed in women. While the death rate in women over 50 has continued to decrease, in the US, the number of women under 50 who die from breast cancer remains steady. The good news is, when breast cancer is caught earlier and treated sooner, the survival rates continue to increase.

 Women are not the only people affected by breast cancer, an estimated 2,600 new cases will be diagnosed in men in 2020. A man’s lifetime risk of breast cancer is about 1 in 883. Between 2013 and 2017 the overall death rate for breast cancer has decreased by 1.3% per year for anyone who is diagnosed.

 While a global pandemic continues to change the way we do business, it should not stop anyone from getting routine exams and testing to help prevent cancer. Cancer screenings have declined during COVID but the odds of having breast cancer have not declined. Make sure you take the time this October to get your regular screenings.