Follow AmoebaMusic on Twitter to Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Posted by Amoebite, October 18, 2011 07:49pm | Post a Comment
Breast Cancer Awareness Month October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Did you know that about 1 in 8 women in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime?  

Like so many people, our Amoeba family has been personally touched by breast cancer. We read about Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald's Twitter campaign to help raise money and awareness about breast cancer in honor of his mother's memory. We were inspired by Larry's efforts and wanted to help build awareness of this disease. 
So to encourage each of you to get educated and get involved we will donate 10 cents for every new person who begins following AmoebaMusic on Twitter through October 31!
Living Beyond Breast Cancer
All donations will go to Living Beyond Breast Cancer.  Please help us help those in need! 

Facts About Breast Cancer 2011-2012: 
(Source: The American Cancer Society)
  • Currently, a woman living in the US has a 12.15%, or a 1 in 8, lifetime risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer.
  • Women with a family history of breast cancer, especially in a first-degree relative (mother, sister, daughter, father, or brother), are at increased risk of developing breast cancer and the risk is higher if more than one first-degree relative developed breast cancer. It is important to note that the majority of women with one or more affected first-degree relatives will never develop breast cancer and that most women who develop breast cancer do not have a first-degree relative with the disease. 
  • In 2011, approximately 39,520 women are expected to die from breast cancer. Only lung cancer accounts for more cancer deaths in women.
  • In 2011, about 2,140 cases of breast cancer are expected to occur among men, accounting for about 1% of all breast cancers. In addition, approximately 450 men will die from breast cancer.
  • Besides being female, age is the most important risk factor for breast cancer. 
  • Breast cancer incidence and death rates generally increase with age. Ninety-five percent of new cases and 97% of breast cancer deaths occurred in women 40 years of age and older.

What Are the Known Risk Factors for Breast Cancer?
(Source: The American Cancer Society)

Many of the known breast cancer risk factors, such as age, family history, early menarche, and late menopause, are not modifiable. However, other factors associated with increased breast cancer risk, including postmenopausal obesity, use of combined estrogen and progestin menopausal hormones, alcohol consumption, and physical inactivity, are modifiable. Some risk factors directly increase lifetime exposure of breast tissue to hormones (early menarche, late menopause, obesity, and hormone use), whereas others, such as higher socioeconomic status, are only correlates of reproductive behavior or other factors.

Can Breast Cancer Be Prevented?
(Source: The American Cancer Society)

At this time, there is no sure way to prevent breast cancer, which is why regular mammograms are so important for early detection. Strategies that may help prevent breast cancer include avoiding weight gain and obesity, engaging in regular physical activity, and minimizing alcohol intake. Women who choose to breast-feed for an extended period of time (studies suggest a year or more) may also reduce their breast cancer risk. Women should consider the increased risk of breast cancer associated with the use of estrogen and progestin when evaluating treatment options for menopausal symptoms.

What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Breast Cancer?
(Source: The American Cancer Society)

Breast cancer typically produces no symptoms when the tumor is small and most treatable. Therefore, it is very important for women to follow recommended screening guidelines for detecting breast cancer at an early stage, before symptoms develop. When breast cancer has grown to a size that can be felt, the most common physical sign is a painless lump. Sometimes breast cancer can spread to underarm lymph nodes and cause a lump or swelling, even before the original breast tumor is large enough to be felt. Less common signs and symptoms include breast pain or heaviness; persistent changes to the breast, such as swelling, thickening, or redness of the breast’s skin; and nipple abnormalities such as spontaneous discharge (especially if bloody), erosion, inversion, or tenderness. It is important to note that pain (or lack thereof) does not indicate the presence or the absence of breast cancer. Any persistent abnormality in the breast should be evaluated by a physician as soon as possible.

More 2011-2012 Breast Cancer Facts & Figures.

If you have questions or concerns or to learn more, please talk to your physician.