Breast Cancer Stats

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Thursday, 03 June 2010 16:43
Fast Facts

Every 3 minutes someone is diagnosed with and every 13 minutes, someone dies from Breast Cancer in the US!

Not counting some kinds of skin cancer, breast cancer in the United States is—

* The most common cancer in women, no matter your race or ethnicity.
* The most common cause of death from cancer among Hispanic women.
* The second most common cause of death from cancer among white, black, Asian/Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaska Native women.1

In 2006 (the most recent year numbers are available)—

* 191,410 women were diagnosed with breast cancer.
* 40,820 women died from breast cancer.1

If you want to know more about breast cancer numbers, visit Statistics.
Can Men Get Breast Cancer?

Men can also get breast cancer. In men, breast cancer can happen at any age, but is most common in men who are between 60 and 70 years old. Male breast cancer is not very common but that doesn’t mean that men should ignore changes they see or feel. For every 100 cases of breast cancer, less than 1 is in men.


From 2003-2007, the median age at diagnosis for cancer of the breast was 61 years of age2X Close
Table I-11 ( 1975_2007/results_single/ sect_01_table.11_2pgs.pdf). Approximately 0.0% were diagnosed under age 20; 1.9% between 20 and 34; 10.5% between 35 and 44; 22.6% between 45 and 54; 24.1% between 55 and 64; 19.5% between 65 and 74; 15.8% between 75 and 84; and 5.6% 85+ years of age.

The age-adjusted incidence rate was 122.9 per 100,000 women per year. These rates are based on cases diagnosed in 2003-2007 from 17 SEER geographic areas.


Trends in Rates

Trends in rates can be described in many ways. Information for trends over a fixed period of time, for example 1996-2007, can be evaluated by the annual percentage change (APC)X Close
The average annual percent change over several years. The APC is used to measure trends or the change in rates over time. For information on how this is calculated, go to Trend Algortihms in the SEER*Stat Help system. The calculation involves fitting a straight line to the natural logarithm of the data when it is displayed by calendar year. (See Fast Stats for trends over fixed time intervals) . If there is a negative sign before the number, the trend is a decrease; otherwise it is a

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