Breast cancer awareness background October 2015 marks the thirtieth anniversary of the first observed National Breast Cancer Awareness month. Since its inception in 1985, the month has grown to one where organizations of every kind — from non-profits like Susan B. Komen to corporations like the NFL — take time to recognize the need for continued research into this disease. Breast cancer affects people of all different races, ages, and genders. Although most commonly associated with women, about 1% of all new breast cancer cases are men. Breast Cancer Before the 20th Century The first recognition of breast cancer was 3,500 years ago, when ancient Egyptians first recorded the disease. Theories about the causes fluctuated wildly for centuries. Physicians hypothesized that breast cancer was caused by everything from a sedentary lifestyle to curdled milk.

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