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AeroCare Recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 8, 2019

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, October 1 to October 31, AeroCare would like to give you some useful statistics and prevention tips for you to be proactive year-round about breast health. We also want to extend support to all our past and present breast cancer survivors that AeroCare has had the privilege of flying over the last 25 years.

Here are some statistics about breast cancer and prevention:

-About 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.

-In 2019, an estimated 268,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 62,930 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer.

-About 2,670 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in men in 2019. A man’s lifetime risk of breast cancer is about 1 in 883.

-Breast cancer incidence rates in the U.S. began decreasing in the year 2000, after increasing for the previous two decades. They dropped by 7% from 2002 to 2003 alone. One theory is that this decrease was partially due to the reduced use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) by women after the results of a large study called the Women’s Health Initiative were published in 2002. These results suggested a connection between HRT and increased breast cancer risk.

-About 41,760 women in the U.S. are expected to die in 2019 from breast cancer, though death rates have been decreasing since 1989. Women under 50 have experienced larger decreases. These decreases are thought to be the result of treatment advances, earlier detection through screening, and increased awareness.

-For women in the U.S., breast cancer death rates are higher than those for any other cancer, besides lung cancer.

-Besides skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women. In 2019, it's estimated that about 30% of newly diagnosed cancers in women will be breast cancers.

-In women under 45, breast cancer is more common in African-American women than white women. Overall, African-American women are more likely to die of breast cancer. For Asian, Hispanic, and Native-American women, the risk of developing and dying from breast cancer is lower.

-As of January 2019, 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, and 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 inherited from one’s mother or father. Mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes are the most common. On average, women with a BRCA1 mutation have up to a 72% lifetime risk of developing breast cancer. For women with a BRCA2 mutation, the risk is 69%. Breast cancer that is positive for the BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations tends to develop more often in younger women. An increased ovarian cancer risk is also associated with these genetic mutations. In men, BRCA2 mutations are associated with a lifetime breast cancer risk of about 6.8%; BRCA1 mutations are a less frequent cause of breast cancer in men.

-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.

-The most significant risk factors for breast cancer are gender (being a woman) and age (growing older).

We have gathered national resources for you or your loved one to use to get information on a free guide to BSE (breast self-exam) and free or low-cost mammograms in your area:

Free or Low-cost mammogram –https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/nbccedp/screenings.htm

Excellent Resource –https://ww5.komen.org/AboutBreastCancer/ToolsandResources/ToolsResources.html

Downloadable Breast Health Resource and BSE Card that can be printed - Breast Cancer Tool

In AeroCare’s 25 years, we have flown patients to and from Centers of Excellence domestically and internationally who wish to seek traditional and alternative cancer treatment. We have relationships with many of the top cancer treatment hospitals domestically to ensure a bed to bed continuum of care for your loved one. We know seeking and going through treatment can be an arduous long journey and we do all we can to make getting there and getting home as easy and comfortable as possible. If you’re planning on seeking treatment away from home, feel free to call one of our Aeromedical Case Managers to assist you in creating a plan of care and logistics in the event you or your loved one wishes to fly rapidly and in a controlled medical environment on our fleet of planes at 800-823-1911.

Sources: https://ww5.komen.org/BreastCancer/BreastSelfAwareness.html

https://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-awareness-month

https://healthfinder.gov/nho/octobertoolkit.aspx