What are the key statistics about breast cancer?
Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women, after skin cancer. About 1 in 8 (12%) women in the US will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime. The American Cancer Society's estimates of breast cancer in the United States for 2016 were: about 246,650 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women.
About 61, 000 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will be diagnosed (CIS is non -invasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer.)
About 40,450 women will die from breast cancer. In recent years, incidence rates have been stable in white women, but have increased slightly in African American women.
Breast Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer. The chance that breast cancer will be responsible for a woman's death is about 1-36 (about 3%). Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since about 1989, with larger decreases in women younger than 50. The decreases are believed to be the result of earlier detection through screening, increased awareness, as well as improved treatment.