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Breast Cancer Facts


  • Breast cancer attacks more women worldwide today than any other type of cancer, excluding cancers of the skin. Breast cancer ¬†accounts for one of every three cancer diagnosis in women throughout the world.
  • One in every eight women in the United States, or about 12.6% of all women will get breast cancer in her lifetime.
  • The lifetime risk of breast cancer has tripled in the United States over the past 50 years.
  • Breast cancer occurs in men and is increasing at an alarming rate. The causes for breast cancer in men are unknown.
  • Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among U.S. women aged 35-44. Research shows that delayed diagnosis and     more aggressive tumors result in higher mortality rates in young women.
  • Incidence and death rate of breast cancer increases with age and every woman is at risk. Women in the U.S. aged 50 years and     older accounted for 70% of all new breast cancer cases and 84% of breast cancer deaths from 1994-1998.
  • Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women in every ethnic group in the United States.
  • Native American women have overall lower cancer survival rates than the Anglo population.
  • African-American women have the highest death rate from breast cancer.
  • Among Latinos, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and the leading cause of cancer death.
  • Women immigrants to the United States from Asia experience an 80% increase in their breast cancer risk in one generation.
  • One generation later, the rate for their daughters approaches that of women born in the United States.
  • Over 80% of breast lumps are not cancerous, but benign such as fibrocystic breast disease.
  • When cancer has been confined to the breast area, more than 95% of women who find and treat breast cancer early will be cancer-free after five years.