Breast Cancer Facts SSJQueens89
  • According to the American Cancer Society, 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime.
  • More than 230,000 American women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year.
  • Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women. More than 40,000 women die of it each year in the United States.
  • The most significant risk factors for breast cancer are gender (women are more likely to get breast cancer, though men may also be diagnosed) and age (breast cancer is more common in those over the age of 45).
  • More than 80 percent of breast cancers occur in women who have no known risk factors.
  • The death rate for American women with breast cancer is higher than any other type of cancer, except lung cancer.
  • A woman is nearly twice as likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer if a close relative – such as her mother, sister or daughter – has been diagnosed with breast cancer.
  • There is no known cure for advanced breast cancer, but early detection provides a greater chance of cure and more treatment options. When the disease is confined to the breast, the five-year survival rate is 97%.
  • Breast cancer is more common in African American women and African American women are more likely to die of breast cancer.
  • Gene mutations, or abnormalities passed through families, are responsible for approximately 5% to 10% of breast cancers.
  • BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations are the most common. Those who have the BRCA1 mutation are up to 65% more likely to develop cancer before age 70. Women with the BRCA2 mutation are 45% more likely to develop breast cancer. They are also more likely to develop ovarian cancer.