Participants in a previous Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk around Cascades Park. Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a renews attention reducing risks.

In past years I have provided information on general awareness including the role of a healthy diet in helping to reduce the likelihood of breast cancer.

As we focus on Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October the following is a reiteration of some recommendations for serious consideration to support this initiative.

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Some statistics

Other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women. Each year in the United States, more than 250,000 women get breast cancer and 42,000 women die from the disease. Some additional facts include the following:

  •  In 2021, an estimated 281,550 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 49,290 new cases
  • About 43,600 women will die from breast cancer in 2021.
  •  1 in 8 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime
  • Breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women, except for skin cancers. It is estimated that in 2020, approximately 30% of all new women cancer diagnoses will be breast cancer.
  • There are over 3.5 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.
  •  On average, every 2 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States.
A diet rich in fruits and vegetables (more than 5 cups a day) is recommended for disease prevention.

More research needed on weight, diet

Healthy lifestyle choices are linked to a lower risk of different types of cancer and other health conditions, such as heart disease. A healthy lifestyle includes maintaining a healthy weight and eating a healthy diet.

Studies on maintaining a healthy weight and lowering the risk of a first-time breast cancer suggest that overweight women have an increased risk of breast cancer after menopause  (when most breast cancers occur) compared to women at a healthy weight.

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