Freeport, Illinois – October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month or as some call it, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. The campaign also offers information and support to those affected by breast cancer.
Locally, Freeport has the Leonard C. Ferguson Cancer Center which a number of area organizations and businesses donate to. There are a number of regional and national cancer charities some give to as well.
According to Cancer.gov;
- In 2016 an estimated 1,685,210 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the United States and 595,690 people will die from the disease.
- 20.3 million adults have been diagnosed with cancer.
- 8.5% of all adults have been diagnosed with cancer.
- It is the number 2 cause of death claiming 591,699 lives. Cancer death rate per 100,000 is 185.
- The number of cancer deaths (cancer mortality) is 171.2 per 100,000 men and women per year (based on 2008-2012 deaths).
- The number of people living beyond a cancer diagnosis reached nearly 14.5 million in 2014 and is expected to rise to almost 19 million by 2024.
- Approximately 39.6 percent of men and women will be diagnosed with cancer at some point during their lifetimes (based on 2010-2012 data).
During the month of October, the Freeport Police Department will be illuminated in pink in support of breast cancer awareness.