This infographic tells us that annually over 200,000 American women are diagnosed with breast cancer.  We’re also informed that all women over the age of twenty are encouraged to get a breast exam every 3 years, and that understanding the disease is every important, even if there is no known way to prevent the disease.  Breast cancer not only impacts the person who has it, but their friends, family, and everyone who loves them.  While we search for a cure, knowing the facts drastically improves a person’s chance of surviving this terrible disease.  Let’s take a look at what this particular infographic has to say.

The Statistics

While there is a rise in recorded cases of breast cancer, there is a decline in the amount of deaths from breast cancer, which has to be considered a good thing.  In 2006, for instance, there were 214,640 reported cases, with  around 142,000 reported deaths.  The numbers in the bubbles do not match the graph.  The graph is correct.  The bubbles are not.   In 2007, there were 180,510 reported cases, with 141,000  reported deaths.  In 2011, there are 232,620 reported cases with 140,000  reported deaths.

Myth vs. Fact

They give us a list of myths vs. facts.  For instance, not all breast lumps are cancer.  80% are benign and caused by cysts or other conditions.  Another myth is that you’re only at risk for breast cancer if you have a family history.  As it turns out, 70% of breast cancer patients have no risk factors at all (including family history) to clue them in.  Another myth is that you can be too young to get breast cancer.  25% of women with breast cancer are younger than 50 years of age, and, though the infographic does not say so, some of that percentage is 30 years of age or younger.  Other myths are that an underwire bra can increase the risk of breast cancer, that men cannot get breast cancer, that using an antiperspirant can cause breast cancer, and that a mammogram can spread breast cancer.  These myths are addressed, and refuted to some degree, in this infographic.

Other Information

12% of American women (1 in 8) will develop invasive breast cancer.  28% (1 in 4) cancers in women are breast cancer.  The good news is that there are more than 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.  That’s good news because they are survivors.  Other good news is that awareness is growing.  October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and there is a symbol for breast cancer awareness in the form of the pink ribbon we’re all so familiar with.  Information about this pink ribbon can be found at the bottom of the infographic.

Design:  B+

I would have liked it a lot better if it all the text hadn’t been pink.  I realize that pink is the color for awareness, and I support the use of it in an infographic about breast cancer, but the all-pink text is hard to read.

Information:  C

If not for the snafu in the statistics, this might have gotten an A for information, but that’s a pretty big mistake, and someone who wasn’t looking carefully wouldn’t reap the benefit of this infographic – which is breast cancer education.  The myth vs. fact section was very good, however, and the information provided is valuable.


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