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Breast Cancer Impact 2017-07-28T05:56:00+00:00

Stats on breast cancer

American Cancer Society (2016 – 2018 report)

  • 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.
  • Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers.
  • About 246,660 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women.
  • About 61,000 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will be diagnosed (CIS is non-invasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer).
  • The incidence rates have been stable in Caucasian women, but have increased slightly in African American women.
  • Breast cancer is the most diagnosed cancer in African American women with 32% of all new cancers diagnosed or 30,700 women expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer in the U.S. this year. Lung & bronchial cancers are the second most diagnosed cancers in African American women and account for 11% of diagnosed cancers.
  • Every 3 minutes, someone is diagnosed with breast cancer.
  • 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.
  • 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.


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