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Breast Cancer

In the U.S.

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    Every 2 minutes,a woman in the U.S. is diagnosed with invasive breast cancer.
    Source: American Cancer Society
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    About 1 in 8 women in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer during her lifetime.
    Source: American
    Cancer Society
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    For women in the U.S., breast cancer death rates are higher than death rates for any other type of cancer, besides lung cancer.
    Source: American Cancer Society
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    Except for skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women. In 2017, it’s estimated that about 30% of cancers diagnosed in women will be breast cancers.
    Source: Breastcancer.org
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    At this time, there are more than 3.1 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S.
    Source: American Cancer Society
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    About 40,610 women in the U.S. are expected to die in 2017 from breast cancer, though death rates have decreased by 38% since 1989. These decreases are thought to be the result of treatment advances, earlier detection through screening, and increased awareness.
    Source: American Cancer Society, Cancer Facts & Figures 2017
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    In women under 45, breast cancer is more common in African- American women than white women. Overall, African-American women are more likely to die of breast cancer. For Asian, Hispanic and Native-American women, the risk of developing and dying from breast cancer is lower.
    Source: American Cancer Society,
    Breast Cancer Facts and Figures 2015-2016
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    Although rare, younger women can also get breast cancer. Fewer than 5 percent of breast cancers occur in women under age 40.
    Source: American Cancer Society, Breast Cancer Facts and Figures 2015-2016

Breast Cancer

Around The World

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    Breast cancer now represents 1 in 4 of all cancers in women worldwide.
    Source: World Cancer
    Research Fund
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    "Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women both in the developed and less developed world. It is estimated that worldwide more than 508,000 women died in 2011 due to breast cancer (Global Health Estimates, WHO 2013). "
    Source: World Health Organization
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    Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women worldwide. In 2012, it represented about 12 percent of all new cancer cases.
    Source: World Health Organization
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    Breast cancer survival rates vary greatly worldwide, ranging from 80% or more in North America to below 40% in low-income countries. The low survival rates in less developed countries are mainly due to the lack of early detection programs, as well as the lack of adequate diagnosis and treatment facilities.
    Source: World Health Organization
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    Compared with women without a family history, risk of breast cancer is about two times higher for women with one first-degree female relative who has been diagnosed, nearly three times higher for women with two relatives, and nearly four times higher for women with three or more relatives.
    Source: American Cancer Society, Breast Cancer Facts & Figures 2015-2016

Know The

Risk Factors

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    About 85% of breast cancers occur in women with no family history of breast cancer. These occur due to genetic mutations that happen as a result of the aging process and life in general, rather than inherited mutations.
    Source: Breastcancer.org
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    Women who had their first menstrual period before age 12 or who went through menopause after age 55 have an increased risk of developing breast cancer.
    Source: Cancer.gov
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    Women who had their first full- term pregnancy after age 30 or who have never had a full-term pregnancy are also at increased risk of breast cancer.
    Source: Cancer.gov
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    About 1 out of 8 invasive breast cancers develop in women younger than 45. About 2 out of 3 invasive breast cancers are found in women 55 or older.
    Source: Breastcancer.org
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    About 5% to 10% of breast cancer cases are thought to be hereditary, resulting directly from gene defects inherited from a parent. The most common cause of hereditary breast cancer is an inherited mutation in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes.
    Source: American Cancer Society
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    The most significant risk factors for breast cancer are gender (being a woman) and age (growing older).
    Source: Breastcancer.org
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    Overweight and obese women -- de ned as having a BMI (body mass index) over 25 -- have a higher risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer compared with women who maintain a healthy weight, especially after menopause.
    Source: Breastcancer.org
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    Being overweight can increase the risk of a breast cancer recurrence. This higher risk is because fat cells make estrogen; extra fat cells mean more estrogen in the body and estrogen can make hormone- receptor-positive breast cancers develop and grow.
    Source: Breastcancer.org

Reducing

Risk

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    "Quitting smoking may reduce risk of breast cancer. In an the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention Study II (CPS-II) Nutrition Cohort, the rate of new cases of invasive breast cancer was 24% higher in smokers than in nonsmokers and 13% higher in former smokers than in nonsmokers. "
    Source: American Cancer Society
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    Research shows a link between exercising regularly at a moderate or intense level for four to seven hours per week and a lower risk of breast cancer. Exercise consumes and controls blood sugar and limits blood levels of insulin growth factor, a hormone that can a ect how breast cells grow and behave.
    Source:
    Breastcancer.org
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    Limiting alcohol consumption to no more than 1 drink per day for women or 2 per day for men may reduce breast cancer risk. The breast cancer risk for women who have 2-3 alcoholic drinks per day is 20% higher compared to non-drinkers.
    Source: American Cancer Society
    Breast Cancer Facts & Figures 2015 - 2016
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    Diet is thought to be partly responsible for about 30% to 40% of all cancers. No food or diet can prevent you from getting breast cancer, but getting nutrients from a variety of foods, especially fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains, can give your body the energy it needs to help keep your risk for breast cancer as low as possible.
    Source: Breastcancer.org
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