October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The Canadian Cancer Society kicked off Cancer Awareness Month Sunday with a hugely successful Run for the Cure.

More than 50-thousand participants in 53 communities across Canada raised $14.5 million dollars. The fund will help the Canadian Cancer Society to continue making lasting impacts on breast cancer outcomes in Canada, including investing in world-leading research and essential support programs.

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women, with 1 in 8 women expected to be diagnosed in their lifetime. The disease is the second-leading cause of cancer-related death among Canadian women. Although less common, breast cancer also affects men, with an estimated 270 diagnosed annually.

Prognosis and survival depend on many factors, including the stage and grade of the cancer.

Only a doctor familiar with your medical history, the type, stage and other features of cancer, the treatments chosen and the response to treatment can put all of this information together with survival statistics to arrive at a prognosis and the chances of survival.

Survival varies with each stage of breast cancer. Generally, the earlier breast cancer is diagnosed and treated, the better the outcome. In Canada, the 5-year net survival for breast cancer in women is 89%. This means that, on average, about 89% of women diagnosed with breast cancer will live for at least 5 years.

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banner image: Canadian Cancer Society CIBC Run for the Cure