National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 9, 2017, 1:04 pm EST | Share:

CHARLESTON, SC (FOX 24 NEWS NOW) — It can happen to anyone. Less than two weeks ago, Emmy award winning actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus announced her breast cancer diagnosis on Twitter by saying: “One in eight women get breast cancer. Today, I’m the one.”

October marks National Breast Cancer Awareness Month – a time to celebrate survivors, remember those we’ve lost and continue the fight against the disease.

This year, nearly 253-thousand new invasive cases are expected to be diagnosed in the United States.

In South Carolina, it’s the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths among women in the state.

If there’s one message to get across today: early detection is key to increasing survival rates.