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.
- 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.
- Breast cancer incidence and death rates generally increase with age.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.