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Breast Cancer Statistics

  • According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women, other than skin cancer and is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer.

  • Every three minutes, a woman in the United States is diagnosed with breast cancer (www.breastcancer.org).

  • According to the American Cancer Society, about 178,480 women in the United States will be found to have invasive breast cancer in 2007.
  • About 40,460 women will die from the disease this year.

  • 11,100 women diagnosed this year will be under age 40, and more than 1,100 of those women will die.

  • African American women are more likely to die from this disease.

  • Currently, there are slightly over 2 million women living in the United States who have been treated for breast cancer.

  • The chance of a woman having invasive breast cancer some time during her life is about 1 in 8.

  • The chance of dying from breast cancer is about 1 in 33.

  • According to the National Cancer Institute, one in every 229 women between the ages of 30 and 39 will be diagnosed with breast cancer within the next 10 years.

  • According to the National Cancer Institute, breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in young women ages 15-54.

  • There are more than 250,000 women living in the United States today who were age 40 or under when they were diagnosed with breast cancer.

  • Young women's cancers are generally more aggressive and result in lower survival rates.

  • Young women with breast cancer generally have more advanced cancers at diagnosis, and higher mortality rates.