Stats on breast cancer:
- A woman living in the United States has a one in eight (12%) chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. *A man have a one in one thousand chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer in his lifetime.
- In 2010, the American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates there will be 207,090 new cases of invasive breast cancer in the U.S.
- An estimated 54,010 new cases of carcinoma in situ (ductal or lobular type of non-invasive, early form of breast cancer) is also expected this year.
- Every 3 minutes, someone is diagnosed with breast cancer.
- Breast cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States (skin cancer being first), and the most common cancer diagnosed in women throughout the world.
- More than 2.5 million women are estimated as currently living with breast cancer in the U.S., although only 2.3 million are aware of their diagnosis.
- An estimated 39,840 deaths from breast cancer are expected in 2010.
- Breast cancer is the number one cause of cancer death in Hispanic women.
- It is the second most common cause of cancer death (exceeded by lung cancer) in Caucasian, African American, Asian/Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaska Native women.
- Breast cancer is the leading cause of death for women ages 20-59 living in the United States.
For more information, view the American Cancer Society Website at http://www.cancer.org/Cancer/BreastCancer/DetailedGuide/index.