Important Breast Cancer Facts & Figures:
  • "Every 12 minutes a woman in America dies from the effects of breast cancer." — The National Breast Cancer Foundation
  • "Today 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer. In 1960 that number was 1 in 14. — American Cancer Society, Breast Cancer Facts & Figures 2003-04
  • A lack of health insurance is associated with lower survival amongst breast cancer patients. Breast cancer patients with lower incomes are more likely to be diagnosed with advanced stage of the disease and to lower 5-year relative survival rates than higher income patients. — American Cancer Society, Facts & Figures 2005
  • Women in high poverty areas are less likely to get breast cancer, but when they do, they are more likely to die from it. — National Cancer Institute
  • In 2005, 211,240 new cases of female invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed. — American Cancer Society
  • In 2005, 410,410 women are expected to die of breast cancer. — American Cancer Society
  • There are over 2.3 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. — National Cancer Institute
  • Except for skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women, second only to lung cancer as the leading cause of cancer-related death among women. — American Cancer Society
  • Early detection is vital. If discovered early, the 5-year survival rate for localized breast cancer is 97%.

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