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Breast Cancer Facts

Breast Cancer Facts & Figures for 2009

  • Excluding cancers of the skin, breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed among U.S. women, accounting for more than 1 in 4 cancers. 
  • An estimated 192,370 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in American women during 2009.
  • An estimated 40,610 breast cancer deaths are anticipated this year (40,170 women, 440 men).
  • In the U.S., a woman has a 1 in 8 (12 percent) risk of developing breast cancer in her lifetime.
  • 2.4 million women living in the U.S. have been diagnosed with and treated for breast cancer.
  • The five-year survival rate for breast cancer, when caught early before it spreads beyond the breast, is now 98 percent (compared to 74 percent in 1982).
  • Breast cancer is second only to lung cancer in cancer deaths among women.

Breast Cancer Risk Factors

  • The greatest risk factor for developing breast cancer is gender (female) and the second is age. Between 2000-2004, 95 percent of new cases and 97 percent of breast cancer deaths occurred in women aged 40 and older. 
  • The risk of developing breast cancer increases for women whose parent, sibling or child have had the disease.
  • Family history on mother or father’s side is equally important.
  • Having a first child after age 30 or having no children.
  • Early menstruation (before age 12) or late menopause (after age 55).
  • History of ovarian or colon cancer.
  • Obesity, particularly after menopause.

Early Detection

Our greatest weapon against breast cancer is early detection. Breast cancer found early can usually be treated successfully.

  • Practice breast self-examinations monthly starting at age 20.
  • Have a clinical breast examination every three years during ages 20-39, and annually beginning at age 40.
  • Have a mammogram annually beginning at age 40.

To make an appointment, please call (813) 872-2973. To have questions answered regarding your breast health, please call our Nurse Navigator at (813) 356-7117.

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