October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In support of Breast Cancer Awareness, we will be discussing some of the facts and statistics regarding breast cancer in America.

Breast Cancer Among Women

Breast Cancer is among one of the most common cancers in the United States. Among women, it is the second most commonly diagnosed cancers, with just under 30% of all cancers affecting women being breast cancer. Statistics estimate that about 12% of women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of their lifetime. As of 2014, there are more than 2.6 million women with a history of breast cancer in the United States, including women who are currently being treated and women who have finished treatment.The Cancer Institute estimates that in 2014,  232,670 new cases of invasive breast cancer, cancers that have spread outside the membrane and have invaded the surrounding tissues, are expected to be diagnosed in women in the United States. An additional 62.570 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancers, cancers in which the cells have remained within place of origin, will be diagnosed.

Breast Cancer Among Men

While far less likely, breast cancer in men still occurs. The lifetime risk of a man being diagnosed with breast cancer is roughly 1 in 1000, with about 1% of all breast cancer cases in the United States occur in men. According to the Cancer Institute, 2,360 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in men in 2014.


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