For the next 31 days, we will be bringing you a range of breast cancer coverage, including how the disease specifically impacts African-Americans, celebrities who have survived or succumbed to the disease, what you need to know about breast health and first-person stories.
Quick Breast Cancer Facts:
—While Black women are less likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer than white women, we are more likely to be diagnosed with aggressive forms of the disease, such as triple-negative breast cancer and inflammatory breast cancer.
—A 2014 study found that Black women are more likely to die from breast cancer. The disease kills five of us every day.
—No one is exempt from developing breast cancer. We all are at risk, including celebrities and even younger Black women.
—Don’t believe the hype. The following do not cause breast cancer: Wearing bras, having an abortion and getting a mammogram, to name a few myths.
—In 2014, more than 232,670 women and 2,360 men were newly diagnosed with breast cancer.
—In 2014, it’s estimated that 40,000 women and 430 men will die from breast cancer.
So what can you do?
While breast cancer can happen to anyone, there are things that you can do to lower your risk: reduce the amount of liquor you drink, lose weight and maintain a healthy weight, stay active and exercise most days of the week, quit smoking and eat a healthier diet.
Another way to make a difference is to educate yourself as much as you can about this disease and the importance of breast health. And don’t wait until you are in your 40s to care — start learning now. Take that information and share it with your loved ones so they can be educated, too.
Remember: The most important way we can fight this epidemic is through knowledge.
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