October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. About 43,600 women are expected to die this year in the U.S. from breast cancer alone, despite the fact that improvements in early detection and treatment have led to a significant decline in breast cancer deaths since the late 1980s. Death rates have been steady in women under the age of 50 since 2007, but have continued to drop in women over 50.
About one in every eight US women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of their lifetimes.
All month long, NewsWatch 12 will Go Pink to raise awareness and help our viewers understand breast cancer risks, in addition to exploring the best methods available to protect themselves.
Links to info from the American Cancer Society
Key Statistics for Breast Cancer