- Breast Cancer is by far the most common cancer in women worldwide.
- Men get breast cancer too, though at a much lower rate than women (under 1%).
- There are 1.38 million new cases of breast cancer worldwide each year.
- 458,000 of these people lose the fight.
- It appears that incidences of breast cancer are about the same (at least, not vastly different) for developed vs developing countries.
- 1 in 8 women in the US will be diagnosed with breast cancer.
- 40,000 of these women will lose the fight.
- Over 2.8 million women in the US have survived breast cancer!
- Early detection is key. So ladies, get a mammogram. Gentlemen, monitor those breasts of yours too. They may be smaller than ours, but they aren't immune to cancer cells. Don't hesitate to feel yourselves up. I recommend doing so in private, though.
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October), and in the hopes of lifting spirits, I'm hosting a giveaway.
Please nominate either someone in your life who survived breast cancer, or the loved one of someone who fought breast cancer (whether that person won or lost the fight). Or nominate yourself, if you're a survivor or lost someone to breast cancer.
Share a bit of their story in the comments section. (You need not disclose names, if you want to keep that confidential.) I'll draw a name at random from my Cassa mug (pictured in last post). The winner will get a copy of my poetry book, Just the Right Time, along with some very sweet fair-trade chocolate treats.
I'll announce the winner on Monday. Polls will be open through the weekend.
All I ask is that those who make nominations are followers of Life by Chocolate.
Be healthy and keep a smile.