Photo: 2019 Real Brothers Wear Pink

Real Brothers Wear Pink Week

Monday, October 19 – Friday, October 23

On average, every 2 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States. 1 in 8 will be diagnosed in her lifetime. 1 in 39 will die from the disease. And about 1 in 1,000 men will develop breast cancer during their lives as well.

This year, CBA is hosting a week long event to raise awareness of breast cancer.

  • Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among women globally
  • In 2020, it’s estimated that about 30% of newly diagnosed cancers in women will be
    breast cancers
  • It is estimated that there will be 276,480 new breast cancer cases in the United States in
  • A woman’s risk of breast cancer nearly doubles if she has a first-degree relative (mother,
    sister, daughter) who has been diagnosed with breast cancer
  • The most significant risk factors for breast cancer are being female and aging.
  • About 95% of all breast cancers in the US occur in women 40 and older
  • Breast cancer accounts for 16% of cancers in women worldwide
  • Mammograms can detect breast cancer cases up to three years before they can be felt
  • Every minute, somewhere in the world, a woman dies from breast cancer. That’s more
    than 1,400 women every day
  • Obese breast cancer patients have about a 30% higher risk of death compared to those
    who maintain a healthy weight
  • Approximately 80% of women newly diagnosed with breast cancer do not have any
    family history of the disease
  • Compared to older women, young women under 40 generally face more aggressive
    cancers and lower survival rates
  • 20% to 30% of people initially diagnosed with early stage disease will develop metastatic
    breast cancer
  • Studies indicate that people who smoke during their teen years significantly increase
    their risk for breast cancer compared to people who don’t
  • The 5-year survival rate is 99% for localized disease, 85% for regional disease, and 27%
    for distant-stage disease.
  • For female breast cancer, 62.8% of all cases are diagnosed at the local stage.
  • There are currently more than 3 million breast cancer survivors in the United States

A special message from Giovanni Lisi ’16, who lost his mother to breast cancer during his junior year at CBA.