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.)
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!
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: http://cis.nci.nih.gov
National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program
Phone: (888)-842-6355 (select option 7)
Internet Address: http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/nbccedp/index.htm
American Cancer Society
Internet Address: http://www.cancer.org
Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
Internet Address: http://www.komen.org
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.
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(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