Breast Cancer Awareness Month

HHS: September 30, 2013

 statement by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time to rededicate ourselves to lessening the impact of   the most common cancer affecting women. Breast cancer is also the second leading cause of cancer death for women in the United States, after lung cancer.

All women are at risk for breast cancer. A woman in the United States has a 1 in 8 chance of developing invasive breast cancer in her lifetime.

But when breast cancer is caught early and treated, survival rates can be near 100 percent. That is why, it is critical that we ensure access to screening and, when necessary, high-quality treatment for everyone. Read more