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Fact Sheet

In 2007

  • Estimated 178,480 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer
  • About 40,910 women will die
  • Approximately 2,030 men will develop breast cancer
  • One in eight women who reach the age of 80 will be diagnosed with breast cancer.

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure recommends the following:

  • Annual screening mammography for women starting at age 40. Women under 40 with either a family history or breast cancer or other concerns about personal risk should consult with a health care provider about risk assessment and when to begin mammography.
  • Clinical breast examination by a health care provider at least every 3 years starting at age 20, and annually after 40
  • Monthly breast self-examination starting by age 20

There is no known cure for advanced breast cancer. Early detection provides more treatment options and a greater chance of survival. The 5-year relative survival for localized breast cancer (cancer that has not spread to lymph nodes or other locations outside the breast) has increased from 80% in the 1950s to 98% today.

More Caucasian women than African-American women develop breast cancer. However, more African-American and Hispanic women die of breast cancer because the disease is not diagnosed at an early stage.

Today, for the first time since the country began keeping records, the mortality rate for all cancer has declined. Factors contributing to this decline have been reported to include increased awareness, earlier detection and improved treatment.


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