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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Did you know that about 1 out of 8 women in the United States (about 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime? It seems that everyone is effected by this widespread cancer in some way or another. Wether you someone in your immediate family is suffering from it or a neighbor, it seems to touch us all.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. The more attention is brought to the disease, the more likely people are to catch the disease in the early stages. It also helps raise money for the development of any cures or treatments for those diagnosed.

As we said before, everyone has heard of the disease “breast cancer”, but many can’t explain what it is when asked.

What is breast cancer?

Breast cancer is an uncontrolled growth of breast cells. To better understand breast cancer, it helps to understand how any cancer can develop. The disease can be caught along many different stages from 0 to IV. “Cancer occurs as a result of mutations, or abnormal changes, in the genes responsible for regulating the growth of cells and keeping them healthy. The genes are in each cell’s nucleus, which acts as the “control room” of each cell. Normally, the cells in our bodies replace themselves through an orderly process of cell growth: healthy new cells take over as old ones die out. But over time, mutations can “turn on” certain genes and “turn off” others in a cell. That changed cell gains the ability to keep dividing without control or order, producing more cells just like it and forming a tumor. “(source breastcancer.org)

Breast cancer doesn’t just target women, according to Breastcancer.org, about 2,470 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in men in 2017. A man’s lifetime risk of breast cancer is about 1 in 1,000. This disease really does reach just about every person in every state.

We stand with women, men and families that have been victims of the destruction this disease can bring. Please visit nationalbreastcancer.orgbreastcancer.org and komen.org for more information about how you can get involved with National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.