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Breast CancerPosted Saturday, October 1, 2011, at 7:08 AM
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers among American women. According to the American Cancer Society, the chance of developing invasive breast cancer at some time in a woman's life is a little less than 1 in 8 (12%).
Some of the most recent studies for breast cancer in the United States for 2011 estimate that
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer. The chance that breast cancer will be responsible for a woman's death is about 1 in 35 (about 3%). Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since about 1990, with larger decreases in women younger than 50. These decreases are believed to be the result of earlier detection through screening and increased awareness, as well as improved treatment.
Here are some important things to know about breast cancer.
While breast cancer is more common in women there are also cases diagnosed in men. Estimates for 2011 show that about 2,140 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed among men and 450 men will die from breast cancer.
At this time there are over 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. You can learn more about breast cancer, early detections, and treatments at www.cancer.org
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Rodney Simmons is a life long resident of Bedford County. He grew up in the Halls Mill area and graduated from Community High School. Rodney's career has primarily been in the construction industry and he holds a degree in Construction Management. Some of his hobbies include fishing, reading and writing. He presently lives in Shelbyville with his wife and two teenage children.