October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month as evident by pink garnishes sprinkled throughout landmarks of the pop-culture. It may seem like a limited awareness campaign, with many forms of cancer in existence, but for women there is significant relevance. According to the CDC statistics (which did not include skin cancer) cancers of the breast in the United States represents the most common cancer in women, regardless of race or ethnicity. Additionally, it is the most common cause of death from cancer among Hispanic women and the second most common cause of death from cancer among white, black, Asian/Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaska Native women. The most recent statistics available are from 2009; during that year 211,731 women and 2,001 men in the United States were diagnosed with breast cancer and 40,676 women and 400 men died (from breast cancer) that year.
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