October Is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October Is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

As the month of October brings breast cancer into focus, CancerConnect is committed to increasing public understanding and awareness of this disease, including its prevalence, approaches to screening and prevention, treatment options, support resources, and relevant research news.

It is estimated that approximately 200,000 new cases of breast cancer will occur among women in the United States this year, with approximately 2,000 new cases expected in men. After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women. Breast cancer, which is the second most common cause of cancer death in women (after lung cancer), will be responsible for approximately 40,000 deaths among men and women this year. It’s important to note, however, that breast cancer mortality rates have been declining since 1990 and that progress in both early detection and treatment are largely credited for this reduction.[1]

CancerConnect will be providing special educational programming throughout the month of October in order to better inform and educate individuals about with the prevention, early detection, and management of breast cancer.

Learn More about Breast Cancer on CancerConnect

  • As the leading social network for breast cancer patients, caregivers, and survivors, CancerConnect will continue to host discussions covering a wide variety of topics, providing a safe place for anyone interested in joining the conversation to seek support, provide feedback, and learn more about the disease.
  • CancerConnect, in partnership with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, will host a guest moderator session entitled “Ask the Breast Cancer Experts”, featuring Harold Burstein, MD, PhD, and Erica Mayer, MD, MPH on October 24, 25, 2013. Dr. Burstein and Dr. Meyer will answer questions and relay important information about chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, and targeted therapy for breast cancer. The answers to pre-submitted questions will be provided by the experts on CancerConnect October 24 and 25 and can be accessed here. Click here to submit a question to Dr. Burstein and Dr. Mayer.
Burstein Dr. Burstein is a medical oncologist and clinical investigator in the Breast Oncology Center at Dana-Farber’s Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers. Dr. Burstein serves on the National Comprehensive Cancer Network Breast Cancer Panel, the CALGB Breast Committee and several working groups in the American Society of Clinical Oncology focusing on breast cancer. Click here for Dr. Burstein’s bio.
Mayer Dr. Mayer is a medical oncologist and clinical investigator in the Breast Oncology Center at Dana-Farber’s Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers. Her research focuses on novel therapies in the treatment of breast cancer. Click here for Dr. Mayer’s bio.
  • Find expanded information on the prevention, screening, and treatment of breast cancer, and stay updated with the lasted news on the disease on CancerConnect’s Breast Cancer Information Center.
  • Visit the Cancer Care Store for books with topics ranging from personal cancer memoirs to expert nutritional guides about fueling your body to prevent and fight cancer.
  • Learn more about cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, and many general women’s health topics at Awomanshealth.com, and join the Women magazine community on Facebook and Twitter for immediate access to valuable health information and inspiring personal stories.
  • For even more late-breaking cancer news and discussion, follow CancerConnect on Facebook and Twitter.


[1] American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts and Figures 2010. Available  at http://www.cancer.org/docroot/STT/stt_0.asp.  (Accessed September 2010).

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