In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we want to help spread the word and support those affected. With breast cancer being one of the most common kinds of cancer among women, we hope to increase early screening and early detection through awareness and education. Here are 8 facts about breast cancer we should all know:
- In 2021, an estimated 281,550 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in the U.S. as well as 49,290 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer.
- 63% of breast cancer cases are diagnosed at a localized stage, for which the 5-year survival rate is 99%. At this stage, there is no sign that the cancer has spread outside of the breast.
- This year, an estimated 43,600 women will die from breast cancer in the United States alone.
- Although rare, men can also be diagnosed with breast cancer. In 2021, an estimated 2,650 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year in the U.S. and approximately 530 will die.
- 1 in 8 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.
- Aside from skin cancers, breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women. It is estimated that in 2021, approximately 30% of all women’s cancer diagnoses will be breast cancer.
- There are over 3.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.
- On average, a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States every 2 minutes.
Facts provided by: National Breast Cancer Foundation
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