Statistics

Take a closer look at these statistics to help protect your friends, family and yourself from the perils of breast cancer.

  • The most common cancer among women (excluding cancers of the skin.)
  • The second leading cause of cancer deaths in women today.
  • The sixth leading cause of death in women.
  • More than 1.2 million people will be diagnosed each year world wide.
  • 178,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in 2007 in the U.S.
  • Another 59,390 in the U.S. will be diagnosed with non-invasive forms of the disease.
  • 1 out of every 8 women will contract breast cancer.
  • Over the past two decades, death rates have declined due to earlier detections and more effective treatments.
  • Risk factors include age, race, previous history of breast cancer, a genetic predisposition, a family history of breast cancer.
  • Additional lifestyle risk factors include obesity, lack of exercise, alcohol use, and smoking.
  • Women over 40 years of age should have an annual mammogram to help detect breast cancer in its early stages.
  • Women who have had a mother or sister with breast cancer should ask their physician about beginning annual mammograms 10 years prior to the age of diagnosis of the relative as early as 25.
  • Mammograms can reduce breast cancer deaths by as much as one third.
  • If diagnosed early, breast cancer has up to a 98% cure rate.

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