Did you know?

  • The older a woman, the more likely she is to get breast cancer?
  • Men can get breast cancer, although it is rare. Less than one of every 100 cases of breast cancer in the US occurs in men?
  • Women 20-39 should have a clinical breast exam, preferably at least every three years?

Breast Cancer Facts

  • Breast Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women, after lung cancer
  • 2.4 million women living in the US have been diagnosed with and treated for breast cancer
  • An estimated 182,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to occur among women in the United States during 2008
  • An estimated 40,480 women will die from breast cancer. It is estimated that 1,990 men will be diagnosed and 450 men will die of breast cancer during 2008
  • All women 40 and over should get an annual mammogram and an annual clinical breast exam
  • Women at increased risk (e.g., family history, genetic tendency, past breast cancer) should talk to their doctors about the benefits and limitations of starting mammography screening earlier, having additional test such as breast ultrasound and MRI or having more frequent exams