breast cancer awareness month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month — an annual campaign dedicated to highlighting the importance of breast cancer detection, education and research with the ultimate goal of finding a permanent cure. Together, we can work to beat breast cancer in our community by spreading awareness and taking time to consider the benefits of getting screened. By sharing knowledge and insight with one another, anyone and everyone can help us to Paint Laramie Pink this October.

what is breast cancer?

Breast cancer is created when cells in the breast grow out of control, forming a tumor that can be felt as a lump or seen on an x‑ray. Breast cancers can start from different areas in the breast — most begin in the ducts that carry milk to the nipple or form in the glands that create breast milk.

statistics

  • 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.*
  • With early detection, the five-year survival rate is nearly 100%.*
  • 85% of women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history of it.**

first steps for screening

Detecting breast cancer as early as possible leads to better care and more options. Many who are diagnosed with breast cancer do not exhibit symptoms of breast cancer — this is why screenings are so important. Common screening tests include clinical breast exams and mammograms. For those at a higher risk of breast cancer, breast MRI may be used.

outside resources

Find additional information on Breast Cancer and Breast Cancer Awareness Month by following the links below.

*U.S. breast cancer statistics. breast​cancer​.org. http://​www​.breast​cancer​.org/​s​y​m​p​t​o​m​s​/​u​n​d​e​r​s​t​a​n​d​_​b​c​/​s​t​a​t​i​stics. Accessed May 24, 2017. **http://​www​.can​cer​.org/​c​a​n​c​e​r​/​b​r​e​a​s​t​-​c​a​n​c​e​r​/​u​n​d​e​r​s​t​a​n​d​i​n​g​-​a​-​b​r​e​a​s​t​-​c​a​n​c​e​r​-​d​i​a​g​n​o​s​i​s​/​b​r​e​a​s​t​-​c​a​n​c​e​r​-​s​u​r​v​i​v​a​l​-​r​a​t​e​s​.html. Accessed May 242017.