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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and there’s so much so many don’t know about the fatal disease, even though it is the leading cause of cancer death amongst women globally. While the death rate continues to decline, due to early detection and new treatment options, hundreds of thousands of women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year in the United States, alone — and tens of thousands die.

Here are five breast cancer-related facts you need to be aware of, courtesy of DoSomething.org, NationalBreastCancer.org, and the CDC.

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1. Breast cancer disproportionately affects Black women. “Deaths from breast cancer are going down among both black and white women, especially among younger black women. But breast cancer death rates are 40% higher among black women than white women,” the CDC states, adding “Black women are more likely than white women to get triple-negative breast cancer, a kind of breast cancer that often is aggressive and comes back after treatment.”

2. A woman is diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States every TWO minutes.

3. A woman dies from breast cancer, somewhere in the world, every MINUTE. 

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4. It is estimated that approximately 2,620 men in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer, this year, and approximately 520 of those men will die.

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5. There are over 3.5 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.

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