This week marks the beginning of the 16th annual National Women’s Health Week. The goal of women’s health week is to empower women of all ages to make their health a priority. Led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health, Women’s Health Week kicks off on Mother’s Day, May 10, and is celebrated until May 16, 2015.
Below are a few key women’s cancer statistics from the American Cancer Society:
810,170 women will be diagnosed with cancer in 2015.
231,840 women are expected to be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 2015. It is one of the most frequently diagnosed cancers in women. Late stage breast cancer commonly metastasizes to the brain, lungs and liver, posing a much larger health issue.
105,590 women will be diagnosed with lung and bronchus cancer.
Pancreatic cancer will make up 3 percent of cancers diagnosed in women this year.
For more information on National Women’s Health Week or to find ways to get involved, click here.
This is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of your health care team. It is intended to help you and your family make informed decisions, together with your doctor.