October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 

One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime — that’s one person every 12 minutes in the U.S.

Experts say the two greatest risk factors of breast cancer are being female and getting older, and it’s estimated that 43,170 women and 530 men in the U.S. will die from breast cancer in 2023. 

Also, Black women in the U.S. are about 40% more likely to die from breast cancer than white women. 

How can we reverse those numbers and trends?


  • Dr. Michael Hwang, Director of Breast Imaging, Bayfront Health
  • Dr. Lyndsay Rhodes, Associate Professor of Biology, Florida Gulf Coast University
  • Comm. Janet Long, District 1 / Chair, Pinellas County Commission