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National Breast Cancer Awareness Month – 5 important facts about this month.

1) October is National Breast Cancer
Awareness Month. Launched 25 years ago, this campaign was intended to raise national breast cancer
awareness across the country. According to NCI – the National Cancer Institute – the estimates predict that 1 in 8 American women will develop breast cancer at some point in her lifetime. The specific breast cancer causes remain unknown. Nevertheless, research does show that breast cancer risk increases with age. This serious illness is highly uncommon in women under 35. Women over 50 are much more likely to get breast cancer, and this risk is even higher for those women who are over 60. It was also found that white women get breast cancer more often than Asian or African American women.

2) The National Month was founded in 1985. It was launched by a company called Astra Zeneca, a producer of breast cancer drugs like Tamoxifen and Arimidex.

3) The Breast Cancer Research Foundation was founded in 1993 by Estee Lauder Companies Senior Corporate Vice President, Evelyn Lauder. This is also when the pink ribbon was established as its symbol, although it was not the first time for this ribbon to be a symbol of national breast cancer awareness.
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