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
- About 410 women die each year from breast cancer in Mississippi.