Breast Cancer

Every three minutes a woman in the United States is diagnosed with breast cancer.

In 2006, an estimated 212,920 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed, along with 61,980 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer. And 40,970 women are expected to die in 2006 from this disease.(1.)

Breast cancer is the leading cancer among white and African American women. African American women are more likely to die from this disease.(2.)

Breast cancer incidence in women has increased from one in 20 in 1960 to one in eight today.(3.)

Why should I be concerned about breast cancer?

Where can I learn more about breast cancer?

See also…

Why should I be concerned about breast cancer?

It seems like we’ve all been affected by breast cancer at some point in our lives,

whether we have had it, or have had a family member or friend who’s battled it. Every

woman has a chance of getting breast cancer. Other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the

most common cancer in American women and the disease we fear most. As scared as we are,

you can try to remember that if you find breast cancer early, it can often be treated

successfully. Many women have overcome breast cancer and are living life to its fullest!

Where can I learn more about breast cancer?

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is the federal government’s authority on breast

cancer. Contact them at 800-4-CANCER (800-422-6237) or go to the following web site:


For More Information…

You can also find out more about breast cancer by contacting the National Women’s

Health Information Center (800-994-9662) or the following organizations:

National Cancer Institute

Cancer Information Service

Phone: (800) 422-6237

Internet Address:

National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program

Phone: (888)-842-6355 (select option 7)

Internet Address:

American Cancer Society

Phone: (800)-ACS-2345

Internet Address:

Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation

Phone: (800)-462-9273

Internet Address:

The National Women’s Health Information Center is Sponsored by the Office on Women’s Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service.

All material contained in the FAQ is free of copyright restrictions, and may be copied, reproduced, or duplicated without permission of the Office on Women’s Health in the Department of Health and Human Services; citation of the sources is appreciated.

(1.) American Cancer Society, “Detailed Guide: Breast Cancer,” 2006

(2.)National Cancer Institute, “Cancer Incidence in the U.S.”

(3.) National Breast Cancer Foundation, “Signs and Symptoms,” 2006 and American Cancer Society, “Overview: Breast Cancer,” 2006


Author: H. Sandra Chevalier-Batik

I started the Inconvenient Woman Blog in 2007, and am the product of a long line of inconvenient women. The matriarchal line is French-Canadian, Roman Catholic, with a very feisty Irish great-grandmother thrown in for sheer bloody mindedness. I am a research analyst and author who has made her living studying technical data, and developing articles, training materials, books and web content. Tracking through statistical data, and oblique cross-references to find the relevant connections that identifies a problem, or explains a path of action, is my passion. I love clearly delineating the magic questions of knowledge: Who, What, Why, When, Where and for How Much, Paid to Whom. My life lessons: listen carefully, question with boldness, and personally verify the answers. I look at America through the appreciative eyes of an immigrant, and an amateur historian; the popular and political culture is a ceaseless fascination. I have no impressive initials after my name. I’m merely an observer and a chronicler, an inconvenient woman who asks questions, and sometimes encourages others to look at things differently.