National Women’s Health Week: 2015 ACS Women’s Cancer Statistics

The 16th annual National Women’s Health Week is celebrated May 10-16, with the goal of empowering women to make their health a priority. This week also serves as a time to help inform women of critical steps they can take to improve their health.

Breast and lung cancer are among the cancers that most often affect women in the U.S. According to the American Cancer Society, over 230,000 women are estimated to be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer this year and over 105,000 will be diagnosed with lung cancer.

Research studies have reiterated how important practicing early detection is for both breast and lung cancer, increasing available treatment options and ultimately saving lives. Unfortunately, in some cases, women will be diagnosed with breast and lung cancer after experiencing symptoms. In these cases, the cancer is likely to have advanced and spread to other organs in the body, such as the brain. This spreading of cancer from one organ to other parts of the body is called metastasis.

If you would like more information on how Illinois CyberKnife treats metastatic tumors that can develop from the spread of breast and lung cancer, read on here.

To learn more about National Women’s Health week and how you can get involved, visit the Office on Women’s Health.

This is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of your health care team. It is intended to help you and your family make informed decisions, together with your doctor.