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Breast cancer awareness month

Breast cancer statistics

About 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 13%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.

In 2021, an estimated 281,550 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 49,290 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer.

About 2,650 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in men in 2021. A man’s lifetime risk of breast cancer is about 1 in 833.

 

Breast cancer statistics

For women in the U.S., breast cancer death rates are higher than those for any other cancer, besides lung cancer.

As of January 2021, there are more than 3.8 million women with a history of breast cancer in the U.S. This includes women currently being treated and women who have finished treatment.

Breast cancer became the most common cancer globally as of 2021, accounting for 12% of all new annual cancer cases worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.

Source: Breastcancer.org

 

United States Preventative task force (USPSTF)

Women aged 50 to 74 years

The USPSTF recommends biennial screening mammography for women aged 50 to 74 years.

 

American Cancer Society: Breast cancer screening guidelines

Women ages 40 to 44 should have the choice to start annual breast cancer screening with mammograms (x-rays of the breast) if they wish to do so.

Women age 45 to 54 should get mammograms every year.

Women 55 and older should switch to mammograms every 2 years, or can continue yearly screening.

Screening should continue as long as a woman is in good health and is expected to live 10 more years or longer.

All women should be familiar with the known benefits, limitations, and potential harms linked to breast cancer screening. 

 

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