We’ve received a handful of questions regarding the “Reach for the Moon” t-shirt designed by actress Jennifer Aniston and where it can be purchased. The tee is available on www.fordcares.com and ties into the Lifetime movie “Five”, a handful of stories (five, to be exact) that focus on breast cancer and the way it affects lives. Aniston not only donated a t-shirt design to the cause but directed one of the movie’s short stories. She’s joined in that task by fellow celebs Alicia Keys, Demi Moore, Independent Spirit Award winner Patty Jenkins (“Monster”) and Penelope Spheeris (“Wayne’s World”). Given that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, here’s a smattering of facts that may open your eyes to the magnitude of the problem. You’ll also find links to watch “Five” as well as shop www.warriorsinpink.com (proceeds fund breast cancer research). Here goes:
Breast cancer in women in 2011:
• About 1 in 8 women in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.
• It’s estimated there will be 230,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer
• It’s estimated there will be 57,650 new cases of in situ breast cancer (includes ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) and lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS), of those, about 85 percent were DCIS). DCIS is a non-invasive breast cancer and LCIS is a risk factor that increases the risk of invasive breast cancer
• It’s estimated there will be 39,520 breast cancer deaths
Breast cancer in men in 2011
• It’s estimated there will be 2,140 new cases of breast cancer
• It’s estimated there will be 450 breast cancer deaths
• From 1998 to 2007, breast cancer incidence rates in the U.S. decreased by about 2% per year. 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.
• 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 U.S. women. More than 1 in 4 cancers in women are breast cancer.
• Compared to African American women, white women are slightly more likely to develop breast cancer, but less likely to die of it.
• There are more than 2.9 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S.
• A woman’s risk of breast cancer approximately doubles if she has a first-degree relative (mother, sister, daughter) who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. About 20-30% of women diagnosed with breast cancer have a family history of breast cancer.
• About 5-10% of breast cancers can be linked to gene mutations (abnormal changes) inherited from one’s mother or father.
• About 70-80% of breast cancers occur in women who have no family history of breast cancer. These occur due to genetic abnormalities 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).