Did you know  that breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the United States, aside from skin cancer?According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), an estimated 192,370 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed among women in the United States this year. Today, there are about 2.5 million breast cancer survivors living in the United States.

If you’re worried about developing breast cancer, or if you know someone who has been diagnosed with the disease, one way to deal with your concerns is to get as much information as possible, another way is to get tested. Breast Cancer can happen to any0ne, no matter how rich or how poor. These are some celebrities who have suffered from Breast Cancer.

 Actress Ruby Dee is a 36-year breast cancer survivor. She has worked with various charities to create awareness.

Breast cancer is a tumor that grows in one or both of the breasts. Breast cancer usually develops in the ducts or lobules, also known as the milk-producing areas of the breast.

Comedian/Actress Wanda Sykes admits to having undergone a double mastectomy after being diagnosed with breast cancer in early 2011.

 The world’s first Black supermodel, Naomi Sims, died in 2009 after battling breast cancer.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women (after lung cancer). However, African-American women are more likely to die from breast cancer at any age than any other race. Breast cancer is much less common in males, the disease is about 100 times more common among women.

Are you a survivor of Breast Cancer? Do you know anyone going through Breast Cancer? October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Wear pink, support the cause. It could be you or your loved one. What are you doing to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month?

 

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