Breast Cancer Awareness Month


According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), each year in the United States, about 220,000 cases of breast cancer are diagnosed in women and about 2,000 in men. About 40,000 women and 400 men in the U.S. die each year from breast cancer. Over the last decade, the risk of getting breast cancer has not changed for women overall, but the risk has increased for black women and Asian and Pacific Islander women. Black women have a higher risk of death from breast cancer than white women. The risk of getting breast cancer goes up with age. In the United States, the average age when women are diagnosed with breast cancer is 61. Men who get breast cancer are diagnosed usually between 60 and 70 years old. 

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American Cancer Society Statistics

  1. In 2016, about 246,660 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women, according to the American Cancer Society.
  2. About 1 in 8 women — or about 12 percent of females — in the U.S. will develop the disease in their lifetime.
  3. About 40,450 women will die from breast cancer in the U.S. this year.
  4. The chance that a woman will die from breast cancer is about 1 in 36, or around 3 percent.
  5. There are currently more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States, including women still being treated and those who have completed treatment.
  6. Death rates from breast cancer have been dropping since about 1989.
  7. Mammograms are currently the only effective screening method for breast cancer, WHO reported.
  8. A familial history of breast cancer increases the risk by a factor of two or three.
  9. Extended life expectancy, increased urbanization, and adoption of western lifestyles have contributed to increased cases of breast cancer in the developing world.
  10. Scientists are working toward creating a blood test that could potentially find and observe breast cancer, according to a new study.


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