Breast Cancer Facts

Here are some breast cancer statistics from the American Cancer Society, CDC, and the National Cancer Institute.

  • Breast cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death among women, surpassed only by lung cancer.
  • Breast cancer is the number one cause of cancer death among Hispanic women, and the second most common cause of cancer death among all other races of women.
  • One in every eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime.
  • One in every 35 women will die of it.
  • About 207,090 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in 2010.
  • An estimated 54,010 cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will be diagnosed in 2010. (CIS is non-invasive and the earliest form of breast cancer.)
  • Approximately 39,840 women will die of breast cancer in 2010.
  • Since 1990, death rates from breast cancer have been declining, especially among women over 50. This is believed to be the result of more awareness leading to better screening and earlier detection, plus improved treatment.
  • There are more than 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the United States alone.

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