HEP_4075_smFight Breast Cancer in Style

North Cypress Medical Center’s Project Pink is a fabulous day of education and fun for women. The event includes delicious hors d’oeuvres by Merche, a style show featuring upscale women’s apparel and a spectacular silent auction. All proceeds benefit the Houston Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Breast Cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers. About 1 in 8 (12%) women in the US will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime.

In 2014, the American Cancer Society estimates that among U.S. Women there will be:
  • 232,670 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women.
  • About 40,000 breast cancer deaths

After increasing for more than 2 decades, female breast cancer incidence rates began decreasing in 2000, then dropped by about 7% from 2002 to 2003. This large decrease was thought to be due to the decline in use of hormone therapy after menopause that occurred after the results of the Women’s Health Initiative were published in 2002. This study linked the use of hormone therapy to an increased risk of breast cancer and heart diseases. Incidence rates have been stable in recent years.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer. The chance that breast cancer will be responsible for a woman’s death is about 1 in 36 (about 3%). Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since about 1989, with larger decreases in women younger than 50. These decreases are believed to be the result of earlier detection through screening and increased awareness, as well as improved treatment.

Most women have less than a 1 in 8 chance (about 12%) of developing invasive breast cancer at some time in their lives.