Breast Cancer Facts & Statistics

  • 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 255,180 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in 2017; 5,510 new cases will occur in Tennessee.
  • About 40,610 women will die from breast cancer in 2017, including 920 from Tennessee.
     
  • 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. 
     
  • About 40,610 women will die from breast cancer in 2017, including 920 from Tennessee.
     
  • In 2017, about 2,470 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in men and about 460 men will die from breast cancer.
     
  • 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 between the ages of 40 and 45 may choose to have a yearly mammogram. Women who are 45 to 54 years of age should have a breast exam by a health professional once a year, but may switch to every other year at age 55. Screening should continue as long as a woman is in good health and is expected to live 10 more years or longer.

** Facts and statistics are courtesy of the American Cancer Society**