Help Support Breast Cancer Awareness

The cancer journey is one of courage, strength and support, and what better way to say it than by wearing it! Help support the fight against breast cancer by rocking pink this October - because we are stronger together!

All proceeds support the White-Wilson Community Foundation and will provide life-saving care to locals in need!

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The Facts About Breast Cancer

  • Breast cancer is a malignant tumor that begins in the breast. A malignant tumor can invade surrounding tissues or spread to other areas of the body. Mammography is the single most effective method of early detection, since it can identify cancer several years before physical symptoms develop.

  • Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers. About 1 in 8 (12%) women in the US will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime.

  • About 226,870 new cases of invasive breast cancer are diagnosed in women each year.

  • About 63,300 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) are diagnosed (CIS is non-invasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer) each year.

  • Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer.

  • 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.

  • At this time there are more than 2.9 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. (This includes women still being treated and those who have completed treatment.)

  • Breast cancer incidence and death rates generally increase with age.

  • Men are generally at low risk for developing breast cancer; however, they should report any change in their breasts to a physician.

  • Ninety-five percent of new cases and 97% of breast cancer deaths occurred in women 40 years of age and older.

  • Family History - While 70 to 80 percent of the women who get breast cancer do not have a family history, having a mother, sister, or daughter with breast cancer about doubles a woman's risk.

  • Genetic Risk Factors - Women with mutations in either the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene changes have up to an 80 percent chance of getting breast cancer during their lifetimes.

  • Previous Radiation - Women who have had radiation treatment to the chest area (as treatment for another cancer) earlier in life have a greatly increased risk of breast cancer.

  • The percentage of female breast cancer cases diagnosed at an early, more treatable stage, in Florida has increased 25% in the past 20 years. Reported screening rates were higher among Floridians but are now similar to screening rates reported nationally.

  • Breast cancer is classified by stages I-IV which are characterized by local, regional (which may include a few auxillary lymph nodes), or distant disease. Treatment is more successful when breast cancer is discovered in the early stages.

  • The breast cancer five-year survival rate is 98% for localized disease, 84% for regional disease, and 27% for distant disease.

There are also risk factors you can control:

  • Lactation - Breast feeding lowers a woman's risk.

  • Woman's Age with First Child - Having your first child before age 30 can lower your risk.

  • Avoid Hormone Replacement Therapy - Postmenopausal women who take combined estrogen and progesterone hormone therapy have an increased risk of breast cancer.

  • Minimize Alcohol Intake - Women who drink two to five drinks per day have about one and one half times greater risk of breast cancer than women who do not drink.

  • Maintain a Healthy Weight - The link between weight and breast cancer is complex but there is an increased risk of breast cancer for those who are overweight or obese.

Sources: and Florida Department of Health