Many of us know of someone affected by breast cancer – fighter, survivor, or victim.  Breast cancer is a type of cancer where cells of the breast tissue divide and grow without normal control.  It is a cancer that strikes women and men of all ages and all races.  There is about 1.3 million people diagnosed annually. Unfortunately, the exact cause is unknown at this time.  And there is no cure…yet. 

20/20 for the Cure is Uptown Eyes’ annual event to highlight breast cancer awareness.  There have been a decrease in breast cancer deaths in women over the age of 50.  This is likely due to more education/awareness, early detection, as well as improved management and treatments.

The information in this blog is meant to be a resource and not a comprehensive source for breast cancer.  Please note the various links for further information.

American Cancer Society –

  • Incidence rates in recent years have been stable in white women, and slightly increasing by 0.3% per year in African American women.
  • Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women (first being lung cancer).  The chance of a woman dying from breast cancer is about 1 in 38 (about 2.6%).
  • There has been a 39% decrease in death rates from 1989 to 2015.  Since 2007, breast cancer death rates have been steady in women younger than 50, but have continued to decrease in older women.  This is believed to be due to early detection and improved awareness and treatments.

  • About 1 in 8 US women (about 12.4%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.
  • About 2,550 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in men in 2018.  A man’s lifetime risk of breast cancer is about 1 in 1,000.
  • A woman’s risk of breast cancer nearly double if she has a first-degree relative (mother, sister, daughter) who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Less than 15% of women who get breast cancer have a family member diagnosed with it as well.
  • About 85% of breast cancers occur in women who have no family history of breast cancer.  These occur due to genetic mutations that happen as a result of the aging process and life in general, rather than inherited mutations.

Risk Factors

There are several risk factors for breast cancer. Some you can control, others you cannot.  Knowing your level of risk is helpful in early detection.  Make sure you assess yourself and see if you may be at a higher risk.  And consider some lifestyle changes to start to minimize your risk.

  • Female
  • Age
  • Family History
  • Genetics
  • Personal history of breast cancer
  • Radiation to chest or face before age 30
  • Certain breast changes
  • Race/ethnicity
  • Being overweight
  • Pregnancy history
  • Breastfeeding history
  • Menstrual history
  • Using HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy)
  • Drinking Alcohol
  • Having dense breasts
  • Lack of exercise
  • Smoking

Emerging risk factors:

  • Low Vit D levels
  • Light exposure at night
  • DES (Diethylstilbestrol) Exposure
    • Some pregnant women were given DES from the 1940s through the 1960s to prevent miscarriage. Women who took DES themselves have a slightly higher risk of breast cancer. Women who were exposed to DES while their mothers were pregnant with them also may have slightly higher risk of breast cancer later in life. They also have a higher risk of cancers of the vagina.
  • Eating unhealthy food
  • Exposure to chemicals
    • In cosmetics
    • In food
    • for lawns and gardens
    • in plastic
    • in sunscreen
    • in water
    • when food is grilled/prepared

20/20 for the Cure benefits Susan G. Komen Ozarks. 

We have been honored to host this event for the last 5 years

and will continue to do so with your support!

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If you know of someone that has been recently diagnosed, here is some information from our local Susan G. Komen Ozarks.