Posted on Oct-06-18 at 09:29 AM (Eastern) by 184.108.40.206
For those who do not know me - I am Linda - a retired R.N. I was active in Oncology Nursing from 1982 through 2002 and an active volunteer for our American Cancer Society. I retired but still keep up with info and still an active ACS volunteer. I get coupons from neighbors here in FL and in the mail from all over the USA and send to people for their donation to our ACS. I have two teams - Main one is in Relay for Life (for ALL cancers) and in October I send to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (MSABC).
We collected more than $400 for MSCBC this week here where I live and I will mail it tomorrow. People ask What has ACS done and why should I donate? I have seen so much progress since I came into Oncology Nursing - I prepared this for my neighbors who donated and want to share with you also. It is such positive information
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The Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program provides information on cancer statistics. Here is some info from SEER on breast cancer
Estimated new cases of female breast cancer in 2018 is 266,120 (about one in 7 cancers.) These rates have been rising on an average of 0.3% each year over the last 10 years. Possibly due to better diagnostics and public education.
Breast cancer death rates began to decrease in females around 1990, and more in the 21st century. Death rates from breast cancer have been falling on average 1.8% each year from 2006-2015. 89.7% percent of women are now surviving breast cancer for 5 years. There was an estimated 3,418,124 women in the U.S. living with breast cancer In 2015.
Approximately 12.4 percent of women (about 1 in 8) will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point during their lifetime, based on 2013-2015 data. The earlier this is caught, the better the chance of surviving five years after diagnosis. 62.1% of female breast cancers are diagnosed at the local stage, and the 5-year survival for at this stage is 98.7%. Our A.C.S. has made efforts to teach people young and old about breast self-exam and fund research for diagnostic tests to identify breast cancer early.
There is less information about breast cancer in men - About 2,550 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in 2018, (less than 1 in 100 breast cancer cases) About 480 men will die from breast cancer.
Your donations help the American Cancer Society continue the work they have done to raise awareness and save lives. This is done by funding innovative research, providing education programs to help people reduce their breast cancer risk or find it early when it's most treatable through, and provide information and support to people who have breast cancer.
Thank you for your help in our fight against cancer.