Breast Cancer Facts and Statistics

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  1. How many women in the U.S. will get breast cancer in their lifetime?
    In the U.S., one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.1

  2. How many women are diagnosed with breast cancer in the U.S. each year?
    Each year in the U.S., more than 220,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer, and 40,000 die from it.1

  3. How many men are diagnosed with breast cancer in the U.S. each year?
    Each year in the U.S., approximately 2,150 men are diagnosed with breast cancer, and 410 die from it.1

  4. At what age do women get breast cancer?
    Ninety-five percent of new cases of breast cancer and 97 percent of deaths from breast cancer occur in women over 40.2

  5. How does weight affect breast cancer death risk?
    Obese breast cancer patients have a 30 percent higher risk of death than those who maintain a healthy weight.2

  6. Is breast cancer hereditary?
    Fifteen to 20 percent of women with breast cancer report having a first-degree relative who had breast cancer.3

  7. How does drinking alcohol affect breast cancer risk?
    Drinking alcohol is a risk factor for those who might eventually develop breast cancer. Those who consume 2 to 5 drinks daily are 1.5 times more likely to develop breast cancer.3

  8. Does race affect breast cancer risk?
    White women and African-American women have the highest incidence and death rates related to breast cancer. White women have the highest incidence rates at 125.4 in 100,000, while African-American women have incidence rates of 116.1 in 100,000.2

  9. Does race affect risk of dying from breast cancer?
    African-American women are more likely to die from breast cancer than white women: 32.4 African-American women in 100,000 will die from breast cancer, while 23.9 white women in 100,000 will die from breast cancer.2

  10. What are survival rates for breast cancer in the U.S.?
    In the U.S., the 5-year survival rate for all women with breast cancer is about 90 percent.4

  11. How common are mammograms?
    In the U.S., 67.1 percent of women age 40 and older reported having a mammogram in the past 2 years.4

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Sources

1. "Breast Cancer Facts." National Breast Cancer Foundation. http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-facts Accessed March 24, 2013.
2. "Breast Cancer Facts & Figures 2011-2012." American Cancer Society. http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/content/@epidemiologysurveilance/documents/document/acspc-030975.pdf
3. "Breast Cancer Facts and Stats." The Continuous Quality Improvement Project. http://qap.sdsu.edu/screening/breastcancer/facts.html Last updated November 28, 2012.
4. "Breast Cancer Facts." Susan G. Komen Foundation. http://ww5.komen.org/uploadedFiles/Content_Binaries/806-316a.pdf September, 2012.