Breast Cancer Awareness 2022: October marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month; Disease affects 1 in 8 women

CHICAGO (WLS) — Imagine yourself and seven other women in your life. Then consider this: The American Cancer Society says that one in eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in women.

dr Kathy Goss, a former breast cancer researcher and current vice president for regional cancer support at the American Cancer Society, said that over the past two and a half years, many women have not received the screenings they need.

“We have seen significant delays and gaps in screening during the pandemic, and even now more than 2 million women nationwide are behind in their screenings,” said Dr. goss. “So we really need to get the message across that early detection saves lives.”

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Just days before Breast Cancer Awareness Month began, another high-profile woman announced she was being treated for breast cancer, Katie Couric, former host of the Today show.

Although there were a number of cancer cases in Couric’s family, no one had ever had breast cancer.

“It turns out that about 85% of the vast majority of women who develop breast cancer have no family history,” Goss said. “So that really sends us a message that we need to be proactive about our health.”

Jamie Currier is Manager of Strategic Partnerships for Cancer Support at the American Cancer Society. She is also a breast cancer survivor.

In Currier’s case, there was a history of the disease.

“I think my cancer journey started with my mom,” Currier said. “She lost her battle with breast cancer at the age of 33. I was 11 years old at the time.”

Currier said she did breast self-exams and found a pea-sized lump just under her skin when she was 29.

“Finding my cancer early is why my health outcomes have been so positive,” Currier said. “When I found the bump, I quickly went to see a doctor. I immediately took a test. And although the bump in one breast was superficial, I was found to have many smaller tumors throughout each breast.”

On October 15, at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event, the public can help raise money to fund critical research.

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