, Salem, MA

October 16, 2012

What you should know about breast cancer

The Salem News

---- — Breast cancer accounts for 1 of every 3 cancer diagnoses in women in the United States.

200,000 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in the United States this year.

Nearly 40,000 women will die from breast cancer this year.

21/2 million breast cancer survivors are alive today in the United States.

95% of women in the United States who are diagnosed with breast cancer are age 40 or older.

Source: Susan G. Komen for the Cure (

Women in the United States have a 12.15%, or 1 in 8, chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer.


American Cancer Society (

In the Vietnam War, more than 50,000 Americans died. Each year, almost as many women die of breast cancer.

A woman is diagnosed with breast cancer every 3 minutes.

A woman dies from breast cancer every 11 minutes.

In the 1960s a woman’s risk of breast cancer was 1 in 14; today a woman’s risk of breast cancer is 1 in 8.

85% of women diagnosed with breast cancer have no prior family history.

Mammography detects approximately 2 to 3 times as many early breast cancers as physical examination.

Breast cancer is the leading cause of death among women aged 35 to 54.

Source: Men Against Breast Cancer