• Clinic Staff

Breast Cancer Facts Everyone Should Know

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month bringing more awareness about the disease and educating women on the steps to take for early detection. Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers among women in the United States. 

Early detection of breast cancer increases your chances of survival. So, this month to show our ongoing support we wanted to share some interesting facts about breast cancer

1. In 2019, an estimated 268,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in the U.S. as well as 62,930 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer.


Did you know 1 in 8 women in the United States will develop breast cancer in her lifetime? Men are also affected by breast cancer while rare, men can develop breast cancer as well. The lifetime risk for U.S. men is about 1 in 1,000.

2. On average, every 2 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States. Female breast cancer represents 15.2% of all new cancer cases in the U.S.  

3. Women who get regularly screened for breast cancer have a 47% lower risk of dying from the disease compared to those who don’t.  Breast cancer deaths have been declining since 1990 thanks to early detection, better screening, increased awareness, and new treatment options

4. In the US today, there are more than 3.5 million breast cancer survivors — the largest group of all cancer survivors. 62% of breast cancer cases are diagnosed at a localized stage, for which the 5-year survival rate is 99%.

5. While much progress has been made in breast cancer treatment and research, more work remains: Breast cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in women after skin cancer. Overall, cancer deaths are the second-most-common cause of death for U.S. women, after heart disease.

If you want to learn more or even show your support with a donation please visit the national breast cancer awareness month website. just click the link below.

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