WXIA -National breast cancer awareness month started more than 25 years ago, and has been at the forefront of promoting awareness of breast cancer issues.
PHOTOS | Breast Cancer Awareness 2013
Monday morning, #BreastCancerAwareness was trending in Atlanta with the start of October.
PHOTO GALLERY | 2012 Komen 3-Day walk
The American Cancer Society released estimates for 2013: about 232,340 new cases will be diagnosed and 39,620 women will die from breast cancer. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer. The chance that breast cancer will be responsible for a woman's death is about 1 in 36 (about 3%).
Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since about 1989, with larger decreases in women younger than 50. These decreases are believed to be the result of earlier detection through screening and increased awareness, as well as improved treatment.
It's one reason 11Alive supports Buddy Check. You can sign up for monthly reminders (by email or text) to do a self-examination. We want to spread awareness and celebrate the strides made towards a cure. Send us photos to firstname.lastname@example.org. We want to recognize breast cancer survivors, remember those that lost their battle, and celebrate ways you're spreading awareness. We'll share your photos online and on air.
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