As of January 2018, there are more than 3.1 million women with a history of breast cancer in the U.S.
This includes women currently being treated and women who have finished treatment.
A woman’s risk of breast cancer nearly doubles 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.
About 5-10% of breast cancers can be linked to gene mutations (abnormal changes) inherited from one’s mother or father.
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.
About 40,920 women in the U.S. are expected to die in 2018 from breast cancer, though death rates have been decreasing since 1989.
For women in the U.S., breast cancer death rates are higher than those for any other cancer, besides lung cancer.
Now that you know all the facts. What can you do to help?
Whether or not you’ve been personally affected by breast cancer, here are seven ways you can spread the love and get involved.
1. Get on top of your own health.
2. Share and connect
3. Be there whenever you can
4. Join a support network
5. Become an advocate
6. Get involved locally
7. Support research, education, screening and treatment.
Whatever you do, it’ll feel great to know you’re taking action. Together we can all make a difference for ourselves, our families, our friends and our communities.
Michelle Bertram and Beverly Bertram are financial advisors living in Mineral Point WI and serving the surrounding communities. Michelle Bertram does financial planning for retirees along with business consulting. Beverly Bertram specializes in retirement planning and income planning for her clients. Michelle Bertram and Beverly Bertram are authors of the book, Creating You DREAM Retirement and creators of the DREAM Retirement Process.
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