October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Breast Cancer affects 1 in 8 women in the United States. 

The good news is that in recent years, perhaps coinciding with the decline in prescriptive hormone replacement therapy, we have seen a gradual reduction in female breast cancer incidence rates.  Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since about 1990, in part due to better screening and early detection, increased awareness, and continually improving treatment options.

Currently, there are over 3.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. Other statistics include:  

  • In 2021, an estimated 281,550 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in the U.S., as well as 49,290 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer.
  • 63% of breast cancer cases are diagnosed at a localized stage (there is no sign that the cancer has spread outside of the breast), for which the 5-year survival rate is 99%.
  • This year, an estimated 43,600 women will die from breast cancer in the U.S.
  • Although rare, men get breast cancer too.  In 2021, an estimated 2,650 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year in the U.S., and approximately 530 will die.
  • Breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women, except for skin cancers. It is estimated that in 2021, approximately 30% of all new women's cancer diagnoses will be breast cancer.
  • On average, every 2 minutes, a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States.

We want to collectively recognize BCA month by wearing pink on Fridays and honoring our NFTA family members affected by this disease.  We are also lighting up the Buffalo Airport Fountains and Frontier Metro Rail station. Members of the TAPD are wearing pink badges and both the police and ARFF will be donning decals on their vehicles.