Consider the following statistics related to breast cancer:
Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women. American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates for 2010 include 207,090 new cases of invasive breast cancer being diagnosed in women in the U.S. In addition, carcinoma in situ will be responsible for 54,010 new cases in 2010. Of these, about 85 percent will be ductal carcinoma in situ.
In 2010, it is estimated that 1,970 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer.
Year 2010 estimates include 40,230 deaths occurring from breast cancer in the U.S. alone - this includes approximately 39,840 women and 390 men.
According to ACS, the breast cancer death rate in the U.S. is falling by about 2 percent per year, since 1999.
Breast cancer ranks second among cancer deaths in women after lung cancer.
Regardless of age, African American women have the highest breast cancer mortality rates.