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All aboard for breast cancer awareness

Grand Canyon Railway employees don pink Oct. 13 to raise awareness and show support during Breast Cancer Awareness month. (Photos courtesy of Grand Canyon Railway)

Grand Canyon Railway employees don pink Oct. 13 to raise awareness and show support during Breast Cancer Awareness month. (Photos courtesy of Grand Canyon Railway)

WILLIAMS, Ariz. — October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and to show their solidarity, businesses and individuals across the country wear pink.

On Oct. 13, Grand Canyon Railway employees donned pink to show their support — most of the operating crew onboard that day were female.

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Grand Canyon Railway employees wear pink during Breast Cancer Awareness month. (Photos courtesy of Grand Canyon Railway)

Breast cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the breast.

This year, an estimated 43,600 women will die from breast cancer in the U.S., according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Although rare, men get breast cancer too. In 2021, an estimated 2,650 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year in the U.S. and approximately 530 will die.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women, except for skin cancers. It is estimated that in 2021, approximately 30 percent of all new women cancer diagnoses will be breast cancer.

That means one in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime

There are over 3.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.

Good news about breast cancer trends

According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, in recent years, perhaps coinciding with the decline in prescriptive hormone replacement therapy after menopause, there has been a gradual reduction in female breast cancer incidence rates among women 50 and older.

Additionally, death rates from breast cancer have been declining since about 1990, in part due to better screening and early detection, increased awareness and continually improving treatment options.

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