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Breast Cancer Statistics

Globally - Breast cancer is the second most common cancer killer of women - only lung cancer is more deadly. Currently annually diagnosed in well over a million people globally, and killing about 500,000 people.

In the U.S. - according to the National Breast cancer Foundation - there are 200,000 newly diagnosed cases of breast cancer each year, and 40,000 women each year are dying of this prolific disease. There has been a disturbing increase in the breast cancer rates over the past 50 years.

✔ 1 out of 8 women who live to age 85 will develop breast cancer.

✔ Breast cancer is the leading cause of death for women age 40 to 55.

✔ 15% of all breast cancers occur in women under age 45 - having more aggressive cancers with lower recovery rates.

✔ 80% of breast lumps are NON-cancerous.

✔ 70% of breast cancers are found through breast self-exams.

✔ 80% of women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history of breast cancer.

U.S. Female Breast Cancer Rates by region

(rates per 100,000 people)

The incidence rate for the United States is 121.9 - Incidence rates are highest in the Northeast U.S. Census region (129.6), followed by the West (123.0), Midwest (120.2), and South (118.1).

The death rate for the United States is 22.5 - Death rates are highest in the Midwest U.S. Census region (23.5), followed by the Northeast (22.7), South (22.6), and West (21.0). last updated May 2012

Men are not immune - although their odds of having breast cancer are about 100 times better than women;~1,700 men will develop breast cancer and 450 will die from it each year.

-   Men who work around gasoline and combustion products have a significantly higher risk of developing breast cancer.

American Journal of Industrial Medicine 2000;37:349-352

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