National Breast Cancer Awareness Month Service
SUNDAY OCTOBER 18th 2009 10:45AM
Breast Cancer in the United States
One in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among women in the U.S. ages 40-59.
Breast cancer is second only to lung cancer in cancer deaths among women in the U.S.
The five-year survival rate for breast cancer, when caught early before it spreads beyond the breast, is now 98 percent (compared to 74 percent in 1982).
An estimated 192,370 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in the U.S. in 2009.
An estimated 1,910 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in men in the U.S. in 2009.
An estimated 40,170 women and 440 men will die from breast cancer in the U.S. in 2009.
A woman is diagnosed with breast cancer every three minutes, and a woman dies of breast cancer every 13 minutes in the U.S.
There are about 2.5 million breast cancer survivors alive in the U.S. today, the largest group of cancer survivors in the country.
Approximately 5 to 10 percent of breast cancers in the U.S. are due to inherited mutations in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 breast cancer genes (less than 1 percent of the general population).
Approximately 95 percent of all breast cancers in the U.S. occur in women 40 years of age and older.
Recent studies suggest that many women are not following recommended guidelines for mammography screening by having their first screening later than recommended, not having one at recommended intervals or not receiving follow-up of positive screening results. This may lead to more advanced tumor size and stage at diagnosis.