October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Sadly, however, in spite of the plethora of information, October remains just one ,, month out of 12 in which the most common cancer diagnosis among women will be breast cancer.
This year alone, 175,000 new cases will be discovered and 45,000 people will die. Many of them do not have to. Too often breast cancer is diagnosed at a late stage, when it is detectable as a lump. But statistics show that when it is detected early,
through mammograms, for instance, women have a better than 90 percent chance of survival. What kills tens of thousands of American women every year is often not the cancer itself but late diagnosis. And that translates into a lack of screening.