Breast Cancer Facts and Figures: What You Need To Know
One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.
- Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.
- Each year it is estimated that over 220,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die.
- Although breast cancer in men is rare, an estimated 2,150 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 410 will die each year.
Breast cancer is the second deadliest cancer in women. Lung cancer is #1.
- Breast cancer is the leading cause of death for women age 40 to 55.
- Fifteen percent of all breast cancers occur in women under age 45; in this age group, breast cancers are more aggressive and have lower recovery rates.
- Eighty percent of breast lumps are NON-cancerous.
- Seventy percent of breast cancers are found through breast self-exams.
- About 80 percent of women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history of breast cancer.
“In a 24 hour period in the United States an average of 112 women dies of breast cancer. Broken down, that is one death every 15 minutes. The numbers continue to rise with each passing year, with America having the highest diagnoses of any country in the world. In 2013, the expected diagnosis is an estimated 232,340 new cases of invasive breast cancer in U.S. women. The left breast may have a slightly higher chance, but check them both carefully; it is estimated the numbers will continue to grow.” source
The American Institute of Cancer Research estimated that about 40 percent of U.S. breast cancer cases could be prevented if people make wiser lifestyle choices!
According to Dr. Mercola: The most common signs and symptoms of breast cancer include the following:
- A breast lump or thickening that feels different from the surrounding tissue
- Bloody discharge, or other unusual discharge, from your nipple
- A change in your breast’s size or shape
- Changes in the skin on your breast, such as dimpling or indentation
- Redness or pitting of your breast skin—kind of like the skin of an orange
- Pain or tenderness in your breast
- An inverted nipple
- Peeling or flaking of the nipple
- Enlarged lymph nodes or swelling in your armpit
Check out my feature on Decreasing Your Risk of Breast Cancer here. Dr. Mercola has a great article about breast cancer, treatments and prevention that I highly recommend here. And here is a PDF file going deeper into breast cancer facts and figures if you want to take this topic even further- however they neglect to mention the many toxins in personal care items which I believe are related to the increase in breast cancer in women.