Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

Education: Breast Cancer

Among U.S. women, breast cancer is the most common type of cancer (other than skin cancers) and the second-leading cause of cancer-related death, according to the American Cancer Society. The ACS estimates more than 220,000 women are diagnosed with invasive breast cancer each year in the United States, and one in eight women will develop this type of cancer during her lifetime. Men also can be diagnosed with breast cancer, although they make up less than 1 percent of all cases, according to the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

As mammography screenings and breast cancer awareness increase and treatment methods improve, death rates from breast cancer continue to fall. The incidence of breast cancer is highest in white women, but African American women have higher mortality rates than any other racial or ethnic group in the United States. The gap in mortality between African American and white women is wider now than it was in the early 1990s. Higher rates of late-stage disease in some population groups and geographic areas may reflect delayed access to care, often among women who lack health insurance and among recent immigrants.

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