Breast Cancer: A Year-Round Survival Guide

breast xray( — October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and while breast cancer deserves our attention year-round, a national month of recognition serves to remind all Americans that breast cancer is a disease that impacts women (and men) of all ages, backgrounds, ethnicities and nationalities.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, as well as among African American women. And although breast cancer is the most common cancer, it remains the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women behind cancer of the lungs.

Very disturbing disparities exist between African American women and white women when it comes to breast cancer screening, diagnosis and survival, and these will be outlined below.

What Is Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is a malignant growth or tumor that frequently begins to manifest in the milk ducts or lobules of either breast.