Breast Cancer Facts

Breast Cancer Facts*

  • Breast cancer, when detected early, can be cured
  • 5-year survival rate for localized breast cancer is 99%
  • The American Cancer Society spends about $150 million a year on research for a breast cancer cure
  • Over 3.1 million breast cancer survivors are alive in the United States today
  • A woman’s chance of developing breast cancer in her lifetime is 1 in 8
  • Breast Cancer is the one of the most common cancer deaths in women
  • Only lung cancer causes more cancer deaths in women
  • Each year about 250,000 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed
  • Over 40,000 women die from breast cancer each year (1 in every 13 minutes)
  • About 2,000 male breast cancer cases are diagnosed each year, and almost 440 men will die from the disease

Mammography Facts*

  • Mammography screening is the best way to detect breast cancer in its earlier stages and it saves lives
  • Screening mammography reduces breast cancer mortality in the U.S. by nearly 40% since 1990****
  • Early detection gives women new options for breast-conserving therapy
  • 4 of every 10 women don’t get annual mammograms
  • 50% of women report moderate to extreme discomfort** when having a mammogram
  • 75% of women who don’t return for future screenings give pain as the reason***
  • 88% of the pre-invasive breast cancer diagnosed is ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS)
  • 5-10% of women undergoing screening mammography will be advised to undergo additional testing based on an abnormal or inconclusive mammogram

* 2016 Cancer Facts and Figures, American Cancer Society, USA

** Dullum, Joanna R. et al., Radiology 2002

*** Carney, Patricia, Cancer, July 15, 2002


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