October is “Breast Cancer Awareness Month” and here at Quanz Auto Body in Albuquerque, New Mexico we are standing in solidarity with the brave women and men who battle against this disease every day. In this week’s blog, we share some facts and history about breast cancer and how you can help join the fight to find a cure.
What is Breast Cancer?
Cancer is a broad and general term for a class of disease that have abnormal cells growing and invading healthy cells in the body. Breast cancer begins as a group of abnormal cells in the breast that can invade surrounding tissue or spread (metastasize) to other areas of the body. Breast cancer affects both men and women. It occurs when malignant tumors develop in the breast and spread by cells breaking away from the original tumor and entering blood vessels or lymph vessels to travel throughout the body.
Breast Cancer Facts
Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed form of cancer in women with one in eight being diagnosed in their lifetime. In addition to this startling fact, other facts about breast cancer in the United States include:
- Over 220,000 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die.
- 2,150 men in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 410 will die each year.
- Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women.
- Breast cancer is diagnosed every two minutes and a woman dies of it every 13 minutes.
- Approximately 95% of all breast cancers in the U.S. occur in women 40 years of age or older.
Not all is gloom and doom though, because in recent years there has been a gradual reduction in the number of men and women begin diagnosed with breast cancer especially in women aged 50 and older. Thanks to early detection and better screening technology as well as increased awareness, death rates are also continuing to decline.
Quanz Auto Body wears Pink
Quanz Auto Body in Albuquerque, New Mexico cares about our community and our families. That is why we stand in support and solidarity of breast cancer awareness this month. By wearing pink, we are hoping to spread awareness of this deadly disease in hopes that a cure will be found one day. In the meantime, we encourage you to get screened regularly as you age to decrease your risk.
Breast Cancer Resources
To better understand breast cancer and its effect, please look at the following resources:
Together we can raise awareness and help others prevent breast cancer through early screenings and detection. Let’s all wear pink and fight together.