By Dana Simas

OPEC Public Information Officer

CDCR’s Female Offender Programs and Services unit and the High-Security Mission unit are commemorating Breast Cancer Awareness Month by wearing pink every Thursday in October.

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

The American Cancer Society’s 2013 estimates for breast cancer in the United States are:

• About 232,340 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women.

• About 64,640 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will be diagnosed (CIS is non-invasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer).

• About 39,620 women will die from breast cancer

The chance that breast cancer will be responsible for a woman’s death is about 1 in 36 (about 3 percent). There are more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.

breast cancer photo

From top left to bottom right, Chris Weathersbee, Renae Chandler, Dirk Lee, Mike Romero, Vaughn Cambridge, Erin Marty, Tasha Renison, Melinda Fregoso, Kristy Van Dyke, Brenda Garay, Kelly Winsor, Sonia Mercado, Stephen Vang, Scott Knerl, Xavier Cano of CDCR’s Female Offender Programs and Services unit. (Photo by CDCR staff photographer Eric Owens.)