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Breast Cancer 2013

October 16th, 2013

Hats off to the Pink Ribbon people in promoting Breast Cancer Awareness! Did you ever expect to see the NFL in Pink!

Most of us have been touched in some way by breast cancer. Breast cancer hits really close to home for me because my mother and each of her sisters have had breast cancer. I'm happy to say that they did regular exams, each caught it early enough to treat, and all have survived breast cancer.

So in October....everyone's gone pink! This month, wherever you go and whatever you are watching on television, you are bound to see Pink! But how big an issue is breast cancer? The facts speak for themselves.....

About 1,660,290 new cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed in 2013. This year, about 580,350 Americans are expected to die of cancer, almost 1,600 people per day. Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the US, exceeded only by heart disease, accounting for nearly 1 of every 4 deaths.

Of these, in 2013, breast cancer new diagnosis is estimated at 234,580 (2,240 males to 232,340 females), with estimated deaths at 40,030 (410 males to 39,620 females). Males account for only about 1% of breast cancer cases.

In Hawaii this year, there will be approximately 960 new cases of female breast cancer, with about 140 deaths due to breast cancer. Here are estimates of the racial distribution:

Asian American
and Pacific Islander


African American

Incidence (new cases)

84.9 per 100,000

125.4 per 100,000

116.1 per 100,000

Mortality (deaths)

12.2 per 100,000

23.9 per 100,000

32.4 per 100,000

(Breast cancer mortality rates vary among different Asian American and Pacific Islander groups.)

The  bottomline is that breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, excluding skin cancer. About 1 in 8 (12%) women in the US will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime.

Reduce your risk by eating well, maintaining a healthy weight, avoid smoking and alcohol, and keep up with your self-exams, mammograms and regular doctor's visits. In my mom's case, early detection undoubtedly helped her survive breast cancer.

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