To help our social media gurus (YOU!) get ready for #Pinktober, we’ve lovingly edited down breast cancer awareness facts to 140 characters or less including hashtags. Simply cut/paste on each day and presto! If you’re super savvy, add your own hashtag and track how many retweets and likes you get.

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  1. The leading risk factor for breast cancer is simply being a woman. Women are 100x more likely to be at risk than men. #pinktober
  1. 85% of breast cancer cases occur in women who have no family history of breast cancer. #pinktober
  1. About 5 to 10% of breast cancerscan be traced to specific, inherited gene mutations, such as the BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations. #pinktober
  1. Men can also get breast cancer. About 2,150 are diagnosed annually – or about 1 in 1,000 men. #pinktober
  1. A baby girl born today has about a 1 in 8 chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. - Nat'l Cancer Institute #pinktober
  1. The American Cancer Societyestimates about 2.8 million women with a history of breast cancer live in the U.S. #pinktober
  1. Breast cancer remains the 2nd leading cause of cancer death after lung cancer. #pinktober 
  1. A top risk factor for breast cancer: Simply getting older – 79% of new cases and 88% of deaths occurred in women over 50. #pinktober
  1. According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer accounts for 29% of newly diagnosed cancers. #pinktober
  1. On average, every 2 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer and 1 woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes. #pinktober

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  1. In the 1970s, breast cancer lifetime risk was one in 11 – compared to today’s one in eight. #pinktober
  1. Abortions, hair dyes & prophylactic surgery are commonly mistaken for causes of breast cancer – they are not. #pinktober
  1. Women who are diagnosed with cancer before age 40 are 4.5 times more at risk of developing another breast cancer. #pinktober 
  1. Women of Ashkenazi Jewish heritage are at a higher risk of having BRCA mutation. #pinktober
  1. Myth: Everyone needs genetic screening for breast cancer. Fact: Only about 2% of women meet the guidelines for screening. #pinktober
  1. Fewer than 1% of the general population have a BRCA mutation. #pinktober
  1. Research suggests breastfeeding for a year or more reduces risk of breast cancer – about a 4.3% reduction for every 12 months. #pinktober
  1. The risk of overweight women developing breast cancer after menopause is 1.5 times higher than in lean women. #pinktober
  1. The year 2009 and the the American Cancer Society tell us it’s ok to wear pink to football games. #pinktober
  1. The American Cancer Society continues to recommend yearly mammograms beginning at age 40. #pinktober

Tweetable Breast Cancer Awareness Facts - Ironmark, Annapolis Junction, MD

  1. Exercise reduces breast cancer risk for women of all body types – even lean women. #pinktober
  1. The American Cancer Society recommends 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week to manage risk. #pinktober
  1. Drink less alcohol to avoid risk. 1 glass of wine, 1 beer or 1 hard liquor drink per day. #7DrinksInOneDayNotOK #Pinktober
  1. With 8 / 10 breast lumps discovered by women themselves, don’t underestimate monthly breast self-exams. #pinktober
  1. Women diagnosed with breast cancer are up to 4x more likely to develop a new cancer in the same or other breast. #pinktober
  1. Quit smoking. Period. #pinktober
  1. According to the National Institutes for Health, breast cancer survivors are at anincreased risk of osteoporosis. #pinktober
  2. In 2016, approximately 231,840 new cases of invasive breast cancer were reported. #pinktober
  3. Breast cancer typically produces no symptoms when the tumor is small and most easily treated. #pinktober
  4. More than 3.1 million US women alive today have a history of breast cancer. #pinktober
  5. 4 best ways to prevent breast cancer: exercise, eat healthy, limit alcohol, get annual mammograms. #pinktober 


Check out Ironmark’s #Pinktober giveaways to help link your brand to a great cause, and contact us if you'd like more information on how your company can show support for breast cancer awareness. 

Sources: American Cancer Society Facts and Figures, City of Hope

Written by Lynne Kingsley

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