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12 Breast Cancer Fast Facts

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Brush up on your knowledge of breast cancer for Breast Cancer Awareness Month and ace the breast cancer knowledge test! NationalBreastCancer.org defines breast cancer as a “disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the breast.

The damaged cells can invade surrounding tissue, but with early detection and treatment, most people continue a normal life.” Here are some breast cancer fast facts you should know! 

  1. 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.
  2. It’s the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.
  3. It’s the second leading cause of death for women.
  4. Breast cancer is rare in men but an estimated 2,150 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer each year. 
  5. The majority of breast lumps women discover on their own during at-home breast exams are not cancerous. 
  6. The federal government spends more than $900 million each year on breast cancer research, treatment, and prevention. 
  7. Have your breasts examined by a health care provider at least once every three years after the age of 20, and every year after 40 years old.
  8. Breast cancer incidence rates are highest in non-Hispanic white women, followed by African American women and are lowest among Asian/Pacific Islander women. 
  9. Breast cancer death rates are highest for African American women, followed by non-Hispanic white women.
  10. The breast cancer mortality rate has decreased since 1989, with the largest decreases in women younger than 50.
  11. In the United States, there are more than 2.9 million breast cancer survivors. 
  12. A woman’s risk of breast cancer doubles if she has a mother, sister, or daughter who has been diagnosed.