Every 3 minutes, a woman in the United States is diagnosed with breast cancer.
Every 13 minutes a woman in the United States dies from breast cancer.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers. About 1 in 8 (12%) of women in the US will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime.
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 232,670 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in 2014; 4800 new cases will occur in Tennessee.
About 40,000 women will die from breast cancer in 2014, 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 2014, about 2,360 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in men and about 430 men will die from breast cancer.
** Facts and statistics are courtesy of the Amerivan Cancer Society**
Tennessee Breast Cancer Coalition
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Old Hickory, TN 37138-2242
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