Breast Cancer Statistics

* Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women behind non-melanoma skin cancer.

* 191,410 women were diagnosed with breast cancer in the U.S. as of 2006, the most recent year for statistical information.

* 40,820 American women have died from breast cancer.

* For Canadian women, the overall breast cancer incidence rate increased between 1969 and 1999 (by one percent each year), but since 1999 the incidence rate has stabilized.

* The chance that breast cancer will be the cause of a woman's death is about 3 percent.

* There are more than 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.

* Less than 1 percent of all new breast cancer cases occur in men.

* White women are slightly more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer than African-American women. However, African-American women are more likely to die of the disease than white women, possibly due to more aggressive tumors.

* The risk for breast cancer doubles for a woman if she has a first-degree relative (sister, mother, daughter) who has been diagnosed with the cancer.

* Roughly 5 to 10 percent of breast cancer causes results from gene mutations inherited from the mother or father.

* The most significant risk factors for breast cancer are simply being a woman and getting older.

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