According to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, “Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women in the United States, behind skin cancer. An estimated 281,550 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in U.S. women in 2021, according to the American Cancer Society. Breast cancer accounts for 15 percent of all new cancer diagnoses and 7 percent of all cancer deaths each year.”

Breast cancer develops when cells in the breast mutate and grow out of control, forming a tumor. Exactly what causes breast cells to mutate isn’t known, but certain factors can increase the risk of this happening. Aging and genetics are the biggest contributors to a woman’s breast cancer risk.

Other factors that may increase a woman’s risk for developing breast cancer include: 

  • Obesity
  • Breast density
  • Menstrual history
  • A sedentary lifestyle
  • Heavy drinking
  • Previous medical treatments

At the YMCA, we are very aware of many of these factors through our ever fervent presence in the community.

While it is difficult to put a lid on, we can definitely try to do all we can through healthy living and the promotion of wholesome living. Mind, Body, and Spirit.

When you join the Y today, you get access to not just our gyms or over eighty group exercise classes or a community that cares but also, programs that help you find meaning. Programs that help you live with a purpose, and make an impact.

Race and ethnicity may also factor into a woman’s risk of developing, as well as the risk of dying, from breast cancer. 

  • White women are more likely to develop breast cancer than Black women, but Black women are more likely to die from the disease.
  • Black women account for more of the breast cancer cases among women under age 45 and make up a higher percentage of triple-negative breast cancer cases (a less common type of cancer).
  • Asian, Hispanic, and Native American women are less likely to develop breast cancer or die from breast cancer than Black or white women.

Breast cancer also occurs in men but is very rare – male breast cancer accounts for 1 percent of all diagnoses. Approximately 2,650 American men will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2021, according to the American Cancer Society. 

Some symptoms of Breast Cancer include:

  • Swelling, redness, or inflammation
  • Changes in the nipple
    Nipple discharge
  • Pain in the breast Itchy or irritated breasts
  • Changes in color
  • Peeling or flaky skin

Please ask your doctor to schedule regular screenings to improve your odds of fighting and beating this scourge.