By State Rep. Todd Hunter
AUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) — Each year, the month of October is recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Spearheaded by the National Breast Cancer Foundation, this annual initiative serves to raise awareness about breast cancer and offer support to those impacted by the disease.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women.
- The National Cancer Institute estimates that there will be 276,480 new cases of breast cancer in 2020.
- In fact, it is estimated in 2020 that 30% of new women cancer diagnoses will be breast cancer. Furthermore, 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
- Given these statistics, I would like to share information about breast cancer risks and warning signs as well as the important role cancer screenings and early detection play in fighting the disease.
According to the American Cancer Society, cancer found at an early stage – when it is small and has not spread – is easier to treat.
For this reason, screening exams, such as mammograms, are key to finding cancers before they start to cause symptoms, known as early detection. Breast cancer screenings are recommended for all women beginning after the age of 40. However, individuals with a higher risk of the disease may need to be screened earlier and more often.
There are several key factors that are used in determining a person’s risk level of developing breast cancer, such as age, ethnicity and family history. While some men, especially those with a genetic history of the disease, have a risk of breast cancer, women represent 99% of all breast cancer cases and have a significantly higher risk of breast cancer than men.
In addition, the American Cancer Society states lifestyle also plays an important role in determining a person’s risk level. These factors can include weight, alcohol and tobacco use, physical activity level and diet.
During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I hope you will join me in supporting all those impacted by breast cancer. I also encourage you to take the time to learn more about this disease.
- To learn more about this important awareness month, you can visit the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
- More information can be found by visiting the National Cancer Institute.
- Finally, for information about the different symptoms and risk factors for breast cancer, please review the American Cancer Society’s Guide.
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State Representative Todd Hunter serves the constituents of Texas House District 32, which is composed of Aransas, Calhoun, San Patricio and part of Nueces County.