Breast Cancer Facts

The truth about breast cancer

  • Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women.
  • According to the World Health Organization, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide.
  • Approximately 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.
  • Each year it is estimated that over 246,660 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer.
  • On average, every 2 minutes a woman in the United States is diagnosed with breast cancer.
  • Over 2.8 million breast cancer survivors are alive in the United States today.
  • If your mother, sister, father, or child has been diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer, you have a higher risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer in the future. Your risk increases if your relative was diagnosed before the age of 50.
  • There are certain established risk factors that are associated with breast cancer:
    • Obesity
    • Lack of Exercise
    • Smoking
    • Poor Diet
    • Alcohol Consumption
  • 60-70% of people with breast cancer have no connection to these risk factors at all, and other people with risk factors will never develop cancer.

Click here to learn how to lower your risk of breast cancer.