Did you know:
- More than 40,000 women in the U.S. will die from breast cancer this year - this is equal to the population of Littleton, Colorado
- 450 men will die from breast cancer in the U.S. this year.
- Today, a person who has been diagnosed with breast cancer in the earliest stages has a 98% chance of living at least five more years, on average, compared to only 77% in 1982.
- The overall breast cancer death rate has decreased by about 2% each year since 1990, mostly due to early detection through mammography screening.
- The causes of breast cancer are still unknown: only 5-10% of breast cancer can be linked to a strong family history. Most women with breast cancer have no known risk factors.
- Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in Latinas.
- African American women have a 35% higher breast cancer death rate than Caucasian women, even though they are less likely to get breast cancer.
- In the time it took you to read this, one woman was diagnosed with breast cancer (on average, every 3 minutes). One woman dies of breast cancer, on average, every 13 minutes. Source