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Breast Cancer DOES NOT Discriminate. It does not care about your race, age, job, or income. Although it is mostly found in women, a small percentage of men can and do get breast cancer. This makes the combination of education, early detection and early treatment the best defense for both men and women. ￼When breast cancer is found at a very early stage, the chances of survival are greatly increased. This makes early detection of breast cancer one of the most important ways of fighting the disease itself.
• Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers.
• About 230, 480 new cases of invasive breast cancer were diagnosed last year.
• About 57, 650 new cases of carcinoma were diagnosed. This is the non-invasive & the earliest form of breast cancer.
• About 39, 520 women died from breast cancer.
• After increasing for more than 2 decades, female breast cancer incidence rates decreased by about 2% per year from 1998 to 2009. This decrease was seen mostly in women aged 50 or older and may be due to the decline of hormone therapy after menopause.
• Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer.
• Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since about 1990. These
decreases are believed to be the result of earlier detection through screening and
increased awareness, as well as improved treatment.
• At this time there are over 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the US.
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