October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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How many women get breast cancer?

The American Cancer Society’s estimates for breast cancer in women in the United States for 2015 are:

  • About 231,840 new cases of invasive breast cancer
  • About 62,290 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) of the breast will be found (CIS is non-invasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer).
  • About 40,290 deaths from breast cancer

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States, other than skin cancer. It is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer.

Types of breast cancers

Breast cancer can be separated into different types based on the way the cancer cells look under the microscope.

Most breast cancers are carcinomas, a type of cancer that starts in the cells (epithelial cells) that line organs and tissues like the breast. In fact, breast cancers are often a type of carcinoma called adenocarcinoma, which is carcinoma that starts in glandular tissue. Other types of cancers can occur in the breast, too, such as sarcomas, which start in the cells of muscle, fat, or connective tissue.

In some cases a single breast tumor can be a combination of different types or be a mixture of invasive and in situ cancer. And in some rarer types of breast cancer, the cancer cells may not form a tumor at all.

Breast cancer can also be classified based on proteins on or in the cancer cells, into groups like hormone receptor-positive or triple-negative.

Click here for more Breast Cancer Awareness

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/breastcancer/overviewguide/breast-cancer-overview-key-statistics

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