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Breast Cancer Fast Facts

  • 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.
  • The most significant risk factors for getting breast cancer are being female and getting older.
  • An estimated 232,340 new cases in women and 2,240 new cases in men of invasive breast cancer are expected to occur in the U.S. during 2013.
  • Breast cancer is second, only to lung cancer, in cancer deaths among women in the U.S.
  • About 39,620 women and 410 men in the U.S. are expected to die from breast cancer in 2013.
  • One case of breast cancer is diagnosed every two minutes, and one woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes in the U.S.
  • African American women have higher rates of distant stage breast cancer than white women and are more likely, in the U.S. to be diagnosed with larger tumors than white women.
  • Although men are diagnosed at a much smaller rate than women, their chances for being diagnosed with breast cancer also increase with age. In fact, most cases of breast in men occur between the ages of 65 and 67.
  • There are 2.9 million breast cancer survivors alive in the U.S. today - the largest group of all cancer survivors.
  • About 80-90% of breast cancers in women without symptoms in the U.S. will be detected by mammography.
  • Only 53% of women 40 and older in the U.S. reported having a mammogram in the last year.

For more information, please visit: Understanding Breast Cancer
*All information taken from Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Local Breast Health Information

  • 38% of women over the age of 40 living the the Greater Kansas City area did not get a mammogram in the last twelve months.
  • The highest percentages of women in our service area that did not get screened in Kansas include: Atchison (41.4 %), Brown (41.1%), Doniphan (41.4%), Jackson (39.6%), and Wyandotte (39.1%) and Missouri counties include: Bates (41.6%), Buchanan (38.2%), and Johnson (39.6%). 1
  • Female breast cancer mortality rates in our two largest counties, Wyandotte County, KS and Jackson County, MO, are higher than the national average (26.7 and 27.8 respectively vs 25.3). 2
  • In 2013, an estimated 2,160 Kansan women and 4,680 Missouri women will be diagnosised with breast cancer. 3

For more information, please review our Community Profile

1 Thomson Reuters, 2009
2 REACH Healthcare Foundation, Regional Health Assessment Report, 2010
3 American Cancer Society, 2013