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Breast cancer by the numbers

INCIDENCES

268,600: The number of American women expected to be diagnosed with new cases of invasive breast cancer this year. Of that number, 25,750 are younger than 45, and 110,770 are 65 or older.

Men account for 2,670 more cases, and 62,930 more women are expected to be diagnosed with non-invasive breast cancer.

124.2 per 100,000: Rate of new invasive breast cancer cases among women nationwide.

About 1 in 8: A woman’s chance of being diagnosed with invasive breast cancer at some point during her life, or about 12.4 percent. A man’s lifetime risk is about 1 in 883.

About 30%: Cancers diagnosed in U.S. women in 2019 that are breast cancers. Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer among U.S. women, other than skin cancer.

Less than 15%: Percentage of women who get breast cancer who have a family member diagnosed with it. A woman’s risk of breast cancer nearly doubles if she has a first-degree relative (mother, sister, daughter) who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. About 85 percent of breast cancers occur in women who have no family history of breast cancer.

5 to 10%: Percentage of breast cancers linked to genetic mutations inherited from one’s mother or father.

62: The median age that women nationwide get a breast cancer diagnosis.

6 to 7%: Percentage of women with breast cancer who are younger than 40 when they are diagnosed.

Nearly 80%: Percentage of young women diagnosed with breast cancer who find their breast abnormality themselves.

MORTALITY

41,760: Women in the U.S. expected to die this year from breast cancer. Five hundred men are expected to die. Death rates have been declining since 1989, when it peaked at 33.2 per 100,000, to 20.0 in 2016.

1.8%: The rate per year that breast cancer deaths nationwide declined from 2007 to 2016.

No. 2: Breast cancer is the second-leading cause, after lung cancer, of cancer-related deaths in women nationwide. It is the leading cause of cancer-related death among Hispanic women.

Although breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women, heart disease kills 8 times more women each year than breast cancer.

SURVIVAL

Survivors of breast cancer in the U.S. as of January, including women who are being treated and women who have completed treatment.

99%: The 5-year survival rate when breast cancer is diagnosed early and confined to the breast; 62 percent of cases are diagnosed at this localized stage.

89.7%: The 5-year survival rate for all women diagnosed with breast cancer, meaning 89.7% are likely to live for at least 5 years after diagnosis. The 5-year survival rate among women diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer is 93%, and with stage 3 is 72%. When cancer has spread to other parts of the body – in metastatic, or stage 4, cancers – the rate is 25.9%.

78.7%: Percentage of women aged 50 to 74 who had a mammogram within the previous 2 years.

Sources – Connecticut Breast Health Initiative, the American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen New England, breastcancer.org, the National Cancer Institute, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Connecticut Department of Public Health and the Young Survival Coalition.

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