10 Things to Know About Breast Cancer

BreastCancer OverView Hero 10 Things to Know About Breast Cancer Photo Almost everyone these days knows someone who has been affected by breast cancer. The disease has ravaged countless mothers, daughters, sisters, wives and friends and destroyed far too many lives.

As we continue to fight for a cure, here are 10 things to know about breast cancer:

1. In the United States one out of every eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in her lifetime.

2. Every two minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer; every 13 minutes a woman will die from it.

3. Approximately 2,600 men are diagnosed with breast cancer each year; 440 die from it.

4. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death in women; lung cancer is the first.

5. A lump doesn’t necessarily mean cancer. While women should always see their doctor if they find one, 80 percent of breast lumps are benign.

6. Most women who get breast cancer (about 85 percent) have no family history of breast cancer.

7. Gene mutations including BRCA1 and BRCA2 are linked to approximately 5-10 percent of breast cancers.

8. The two biggest risk factors for breast cancer: Being a woman and getting older.

9. Since 1990 the rate of death due to breast cancer has declined or remained the same due to early screening, increased awareness and improved treatments.

10. There are more than 3.1 million breast cancer survivors in the United States today.

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