October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same.
Breast cancer statistics (From the Canadian Cancer Society)
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among Canadian women (excluding non-melanoma skin cancers). It is the 2nd leading cause of death from cancer in Canadian women. Breast cancer can also occur in men, but it is not common.
To provide the most current cancer statistics, researchers use statistical methods to estimate the number of new cancer cases and deaths until actual data become available.
It is estimated that in 2013:
- 23,800 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. This represents 26% of all new cancer cases in women in 2013.
- 5,000 women will die from breast cancer. This represents 14% of all cancer deaths in women in 2013.
- On average, 65 Canadian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer every day.
- On average, 14 Canadian women will die from breast cancer every day.
- 200 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 60 will die from it.
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