Breast Cancer at a Glance

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Breast Cancer in the U.S.:

  • Breast cancer is the 2nd leading cause of death among non-white women nationwide.
  • Breast cancer is the 3rd leading cause of death among white women.
  • 14.1% of the estimated U.S. cancer cases in 2012 will be due to breast cancer.
  • In 2015, it is estimated that 231,840 U.S. women will develop breast cancer, and 40,290 will die of it.
  • Nationwide, the probability of developing breast cancer in a lifetime is 1 in every 8 women.
  • 80% of all breast cancer cases are found in women over the age of 50.

Major breast cancer risk factors:

  • Women over age 50
  • Women whose mothers or sisters have had breast cancer
  • Women who are childless or who start their families after they are 30
  • Women who have had cancer in one breast
  • Women who are overweight

 In Mississippi:

  • About 410 women die each year from breast cancer in Mississippi.
Last reviewed on Aug 1, 2023 request edits
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