Every 3 minutes, a woman in the United States is diagnosed with breast cancer.
Every 13 minutes a woman in the United States die from breast cancer.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States, other than skin cancer.
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death in women, after lung cancer.
Breast cancer accounts for nearly 1 in every 4 cancers diagnosed in US women.
Approximately 209,060 new breast cancer cases will be diagnosed in women in 2010; 4700 new cases will occur in Tennessee.
Breast cancer in women will result in about 39,840 deaths in 2010, including 890 from Tennessee.
You are never too young to develop breast cancer!! Breast self-exams should begin by age 20. Women in their 20s and 30s should have a clinical breast exam as part of a periodic health exam by a health professional, at least every 3 years. Women who are 40 years of age and older, should have a breast exam by a health professional once a year.
Breast cancer risk increases with age and every woman is at risk. During 2002-2006, woman aged 20-24 had the lowest incidence rate, 1.4 cases per 100,000 women. Women aged 75-79 had the highest incidence rat, 441.9 per 100,000 women.
Having a first degree relative (mother, sister, or daughter) with breast cancer can double a woman’s risk.
Less than 15% of women with breast cancer have a family history of the disease.
African American women have a higher rate of death from breast cancer than any other race.
In 2010, about 1970 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in men and about 390 men will die from breast cancer.
** Statistics were obtained through the American Cancer Society’s Website **
Tennessee Breast Cancer Coalition
3939 Old Hickory Blvd
Old Hickory, TN 37138-2242
(615) 377- 8777