Friday at Five – 10/29/10

Join us every Friday at Five for our weekly top 5 favorites in the world of HIT and HITECH. This week in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, five facts we thought you should know.


  1. Excluding cancers of the skin, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women, accounting for nearly 1 in 4 cancers diagnosed in US women.
  2. Breast cancer incidence and death rates generally increase with age.
  3. White women have a higher incidence of breast cancer than African American women beginning at age 45. In contrast, African American women have a higher incidence rate before age 45 and are more likely to die from breast cancer at every age.
  4. The Sister Study is a long-term national study to learn how environment and genes affect the chances of getting breast cancer. A total of 50,000 women have joined the effort to find the causes of breast cancer.
  5. The Cancer Survivors Network was created by and for cancer survivors. A web-based support service designed for survivors and others dealing personally with cancer.

For the lastest information on breast cancer from the American Cancer Society, download their 2009-2010 Facts & Figues Report.