About Breast Cancer
Except for skin cancers, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States. Word wide, breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer and the leading cause of cancer death in women. In 2016, more than 240,000 cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women and 2,600 in men in the United States. So no matter who you are or where you live, understanding breast cancer is important. But the most important thing to know is this: a diagnosis is not a death sentence. Breast cancer can be treated.
•In the U.S., there are more than 154,000 women currently living with metastatic breast cancer.
•In 2014 (most recent data available), breast cancer mortality was 41 percent higher in black women than in white women in the U.S.
The overall 5-year survival rate for breast cancer diagnosed in 2007-2013 among black women was 81 percent, compared to 91 percent among white women; this difference may be attributed to both later stage at diagnosis and poorer stage-specific survival among black women.
•Except for skin cancers, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the U.S.
• In 2016, more than 240,000 cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women and 2,600
in men in the U.S.
• Every 2 minutes, one case of breast cancer is diagnosed in a woman in the U.S.
• Early detection and effective treatment contributed to a 37 percent decline in breast cancer
mortality (deaths) between 1990-2013.
• In 2016, about 40,450 women and 440 men are expected to die from breast cancer in the U.S.
• Currently there are more than 3.5 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S. today.
• One in 8 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
Around The World
• Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in the world and the leading cause of
cancer death in women, with an estimated
1.7 million new cases recorded in 2012.
• Every 60 seconds, somewhere in the world, someone dies from breast cancer.
• At the current rate, 13 million breast cancer deaths around the world will occur in the
next 25 years
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