In honor of October being breast cancer awareness month, we’ve decided to share a few facts and some of our favorite famous pink stones.
In the US, 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.
Breast cancer typically has no symptoms when the tumor is small and most easily treated, which is why screening is important for early detection.
Women who get regularly screened for breast cancer have a 47% lower risk of dying from the disease compared to those who don’t.
A man’s lifetime risk of breast cancer is about 1 in 1,000.
Although rare, men get breast cancer too. In 2021, an estimated 2,650 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year in the U.S. and approximately 530 will die.
Approximately 1 in 8 women (13%) will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in their lifetime and 1 in 39 women (3%) will die from breast cancer.
Breast cancer incidence and death rates increase with age until one’s 70’s. During 2012-2016, the median age at the time of breast cancer diagnosis was 62.
Breast cancer rates are highest among non-Hispanic (NH) whites, followed closely by NH blacks. However, NH black women have the highest breast cancer death rate, more than double that in Asian/Pacific Islander women, who have the lowest incidence and death rates.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women, except for skin cancers. It is estimated that in 2021, approximately 30% of all new women cancer diagnoses will be breast cancer.
There are over 3.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.
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