October is breast cancer awareness month. Proper screening is critical, so share this information with your breasties and your besties!
Plus, learn how WodBottom is giving back to one breast cancer organization this October.
Breast Cancer by the Numbers
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States. According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 287,850 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in the U.S. in 2022. Sadly, an estimated 43,000 women will die from the disease this year.
Most of those who receive a breast cancer diagnosis will be 45 or older. However, there are still a small number of women under 45 who will develop breast cancer.
Black women of all ages are at a higher risk of dying from breast cancer.
Overall, American women have a 1 in 8 chance of developing invasive breast cancers in their lifetime.
Breast cancer does not only affect women. An estimated 2,710 men will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer this year.
There are currently about 3.8 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S. today.
The most recent data shows that only 68% of women ages 45 and over receive regular mammograms.
Breast cancer can impact anyone, but some factors can increase a person’s risk of developing breast cancer. Those with a family history of breast, ovarian, or prostate cancer are at an increased risk, likely due to genetic components.
However, there are other risk factors, including:
- Age – older women have a greater risk of breast cancer.
- Pregnancy and childbirth – having children later in life slightly increases the risk over those who had children earlier.
- Age of first period – those who began menstruating early have a slightly increased risk.
- Birth control pill use – birth control pills are linked to a slight increase in breast cancer risk.
- Body weight – obesity increases the risk of many cancers, including breast cancer.
- Bone density – women with higher bone density have a markedly increased risk of breast cancer.
- Alcohol and tobacco use – those who drink alcohol or smoke cigarettes have an increased risk.
- Inherited genes – specific genes are known to increase your risk drastically.
- Race and ethnicity – Black and white women have the most significant risk; indigenous women are at the lowest risk.
Click here for a comprehensive list from the Breast Cancer Foundation.
Check Your Boobies
Breast cancer starts in the breast tissue and can affect people of any gender. Without early intervention, certain cancer cells can invade nearby tissues, eventually spreading to other parts of the body.
Most breast cancers are discovered by mammograms or exams long before symptoms occur. When discovered in the early stages, breast cancer is highly treatable.
Because early intervention is so incredibly important with breast cancer, women should perform regular self-exams and have regular mammograms based on medical recommendations.
Click here to see the exceptional “Know Your Lemons” graphic from Bright Pink to aid in your self-exam!
Make an appointment with your doctor right away if you notice any of the following:
- A change in the look or feel of the breast
- A change in the look or feel of the nipple
- Lump or hard knot in the breast or the armpit area
- Swelling, warmth, redness, or discoloration of the breast
- Dimpling or puckering of the skin
- Nipple discharge, rash, or sore
- Inverted nipples or pulling in of the nipple
- New or worsening pain that doesn’t go away
Your doctor will likely perform an in-office clinical breast exam and possibly refer you to a specialist for other imaging. This imaging could include a mammogram, ultrasound, or other methods to accurately determine a diagnosis.
How WodBottom Supports Breast Cancer Organizations
Like all of you, we at WodBottom have very personal connections with breast cancer. Emily (WodBottom co-owner) has a family history of breast cancer, therefore increasing her risk of diagnosis. We all know someone who has been impacted by breast cancer. We’ve known incredible women whose lives were cut short. And we know women who are fighting cancer as we write this.
It’s difficult to find someone who hasn’t been impacted by breast cancer in some way. That’s why we want to do our part to raise awareness and save lives. A portion of each purchase in our breast cancer awareness line will go directly to the Bright Pink organization, a nonprofit dedicated to helping young women recognize their risk and access necessary care for breast, uterine, and ovarian health.
Click here to see our breast cancer awareness line.