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Breast Cancer Statistics

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, according the American Cancer Society.
 

Only lung cancer claims more deaths than breast cancer among women. However, thanks to early detection and improved treatments death rates from breast cancer have been declining since 1990.

The American Cancer Society's most recent estimates for breast cancer in the United States are for 2016​:

  • About 246,660​​ 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 f​​rom breast cancer
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What Do You Know About Breast Cancer?

Test your knowledge of breast cancer by taking this quiz.

1. Finding breast cancer early is the key to successful treatment.
2. Older women are more likely to develop breast cancer.
3. Most breast lumps are cancer.
4. It's OK to use deodorant on the day you have a mammogram.
5. Women who drink more than one alcoholic beverage a day increase their risk for breast cancer.
6. Women who have their first child before age 30 and breastfeed are less likely to develop breast cancer.
7. Smoking may increase your risk for breast cancer.
8. Breast cancer can be treated by surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy.
9. Starting at age 30, women should have a mammogram every 1 or 2 years.
10. A woman's chances of developing breast cancer are higher if her mother, a sister, or daughter had it.
11. It's safe for women to use hormone therapy for a prolonged time during menopause.
12. Regular exercise can reduce your risk for breast cancer.
13. Breast cancer is the leading cause of death in women.