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Many Americans don’t know all the facts about breast cancer. Here are twenty quick facts about the disease, which only make funding research that more crucial.

  1. As you’ve probably heard many times this month, 1 in 8 American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, as reported by the American Cancer Society.

  2. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide.

  3. The City of Hope reports that 85% of breast cancer cases occur in women who have no family history of the cancer.

  4. This past week, President Trump and his administration lit the White House pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

  5. The American Cancer Society states that drinking more than one alcoholic beverage daily on average increases your risk of breast cancer.

  6. reports that there are two extremely significant risk factors for breast cancer: being a woman and growing older.

  7. Death rates from breast cancer among African Americans are the highest in the United States as reported by the American Cancer Society.

  8. According to Susan Komen for the Cure, there will be more than 252,000 new cases of breast cancer in 2017.

  9. The SideOut Foundation has raised over 11 million dollars for stage 4 breast cancer research through Dig Pink volleyball games and other fundraisers.

  10. The MD Anderson Cancer Center reports that maintaining a healthy weight can help reduce risk of breast cancer.

  11. According to, someone is diagnosed with breast cancer every 19 seconds, and someone passes away from the disease every 13 seconds.

  12. Less than 1% of the population have a BRCA mutation, according the City of Hope.

  13. More than 3.5 million women are alive today with a history of breast cancer, according to the American Cancer Society.

  14. According to, a woman’s chance of breast cancer almost doubles if a “first-degree relative” was diagnosed.

  15. 1% of breast cancer cases in the United States occur in men, as stated by Susan Komen for the Cure

  16. Having children before age 35 and having more children in general is related to a decreased risk of breast cancer as told by the American Cancer Society.

  17. Although the most common sign of breast cancer is a lump, MD Anderson Cancer Center provides some other symptoms here.

  18. October became Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the United States in 1985.

  19. Breast cancer deaths has declined since 1990 because of new technology and early screenings according to

  20. BCRF, or Breast Cancer Research Foundation, is the highest rated breast cancer organization in the United States.


Our organization is donating 50% of net proceeds from our breast cancer awareness products to Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Please consider supporting our organization’s efforts to raise awareness by purchasing our ThinkPink items this Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Karly M.
Karly Matthews is a student at Temple University, where she is majoring in political science and journalism while minoring in Spanish. At any given moment, Karly can be found talking about Marco Rubio and advocating for conservative values with a large coffee mug and color-coded planner in hand.

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