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NewsWatch 12 Goes Pink

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. More than 40,000 women died last year in the U.S. from breast cancer alone, despite the fact that improvements in early detection and treatment have led to a 39 percent decline in breast cancer deaths between 1989 and 2015. In the U.S. right now, it is estimated that more than 154,000 women are living with metastatic breast cancer.

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.

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Dutch Bros raises more than $300K for cancer treatment with 'Be Aware' mugs

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Local woman’s journey is defined by the word perseverance

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Genetic test can help determine your risk for breast cancer

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Men in pink raise money for breast cancer research

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Human Bean returns with 'Coffee for a Cure' on Friday

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Survivor says yearly mammogram helped save her life

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Wellness Ware fits breast cancer survivors with custom bras

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Local woman looks forward to the end of her battle with breast cancer

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month: 3 ways to prevent and detect the deadly disease

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The importance of early mammogram testing

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Health Alert: When to get a Mammogram

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Road to Recovery needs volunteers to drive cancer patients

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The Unexpected Costs of Cancer

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Real Men Wear Pink: Men Help Raise and Money for Breast Cancer Research

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Breast Cancer Survivor Shares Recovery Journal, Offers Advice for Those in Treatment

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Preventing Breast Cancer: Genetic History & Cancer Screening

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Teacher Turned Artist: Breast Cancer Survivor Helps Others Grieve Through Art

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Renewal Suite Helps Breast Cancer Patient Find Normalcy While in Treatment

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Strides in Health Insurance Make Cancer Treatment More Affordable

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Detecting the Symptoms of Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer Information

Links to info from the American Cancer Society

Key Statistics for Breast Cancer

  • Breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women, except for skin cancers.
  • Currently, the average risk of a woman in the United States developing breast cancer sometime in her life is about 12%. This means there is a 1 in 8 chance she will develop breast cancer. This also means there is a 7 in 8 chance she will never have the disease.
  • In 2019, about 268,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women. About 62,930 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will be diagnosed (CIS is non-invasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer). About 41,760 women will die from breast cancer.
  • In recent years, incidence rates have increased slightly (by 0.4% per year).
  • Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women (only lung cancer kills more women each year). The chance that a woman will die from breast cancer is about 1 in 38 (about 2.6%).
  • Death rates from female breast cancer dropped 40% from 1989 to 2016. Since 2007, breast cancer death rates have been steady in women younger than 50, but have continued to decrease in older women.