Breast cancer facts

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

• One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.

• Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.

• Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women.

• Each year it is estimated that over 220,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die.

• Although breast cancer in men is rare, an estimated 2,150 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 410 will die each year.

• According to the World Health Organization, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide.

• Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since about 1990, in part due to better screening and early detection, increased awareness, and continually improving treatment options.

• Breast cancer occurs nearly 100 times more often in women than in men.

• Two out of three women with invasive cancer are diagnosed after age 55.

• Breast cancer is diagnosed more often in Caucasian women than women of other races.

• If your mother, sister, father or child has been diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer, you have a higher risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer in the future. Your risk increases if your relative was diagnosed before the age of 50.

Source: http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org