SUSAN G KOMEN RACE FOR THE CURE MIAMI

SUSAN G KOMEN RACE FOR THE CURE MIAMI

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About Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is a type of cancer where cells in the breast tissue divide and grow without normal control. It is a widespread and random disease, striking women and men of all ages and races. It is the most prevalent cancer in the world today, with about 1.3 million people diagnosed annually. The exact cause of the disease is unknown, and at this time, there is no cure.

But there is hope. Thanks to heightened awareness, early detection through screening, improved treatment methods and increased access to breast health services, people have a greater chance of survival than ever before.

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure national website, komen.org, offers comprehensive information about breast cancer risk factors, early detection and screening, diagnosis and treatment. Developed in conjunction with the Harvard School of Public Health, the site offers a one-stop resource for all the latest information on the disease.

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Education and Early Detection Increase Survival

  • There is no known cure for advanced breast cancer.
  • Detection of breast cancer at an early stage provides a greater chance for a cure and more treatment options.
  • When the disease is confined to the breast, the 5-year survival rate is more than 95%.
  • More Caucasian women than African American women develop breast cancer. However, more African American women die of breast cancer.
  • Approximately 80% of breast cancers occur in women 50 years and older. The mortality rate would decrease by 30% if every woman over 50 was informed and followed the early screening guidelines.
  • National Statistics (2010 estimated)

Breast Cancer in African American Women

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Breast cancer is the most common cancer among African American women. It is also the second leading cause of cancer death among African American women, exceeded only by lung cancer. In 2011, an estimated 26,840 new cases of breast cancer and 6,040 deaths are expected to occur among African American women.

Breast cancer incidence in African American women is lower than in Caucasian women. Breast cancer mortality, however, is 39 percent higher. Although breast cancer survival in African American women has increased in recent decades, survival rates remain lower than among Caucasian women. From 1999-2006, the five-year relative survival rate for breast cancer among African American women was 78 percent compared to 90 percent among Caucasian women. There are many possible reasons for this difference in survival. Factors that may all play a role include:

  • Biologic and genetic differences in tumors
  • Presence of risk factors
  • Barriers to health care access
  • Health behaviors
  • Later stage of breast cancer at diagnosis

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Breast cancer screening rates among African American women are similar to those among white women. Learn more breast cancer screening among African American women.

  • Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths for women between the ages of 40 and 59.
  • The majority of all breast cancers occur in women with no known risk factors.
  • All women are at risk; risk increases with advancing age.

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Joan Murray & Brian Chanahan from CBS 4

Education and Early Detection Increase Survival

  • There is no known cure for advanced breast cancer.
  • Detection of breast cancer at an early stage provides a greater chance for a cure and more treatment options.
  • When the disease is confined to the breast, the 5-year survival rate is more than 95%.
  • More Caucasian women than African American women develop breast cancer. However, more African American women die of breast cancer.
  • Approximately 80% of breast cancers occur in women 50 years and older. The mortality rate would decrease by 30% if every woman over 50 was informed and followed the early screening guidelines.

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Facts about breast cancer in men

http://www.cancer.org/Cancer/BreastCancerinMen/DetailedGuide/breast-cancer-in-men-what-is-breast-cancer-in-men

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