Breast Cancer Statistics
- Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States.
- 1 in 8 women in the United States (12%) will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime.
- 2017 Estimated women diagnosed: 250,000
- 2017 Estimated men diagnosed: 2,400
- 2017 Estimated deaths of women: 40,000
- 2017 Estimated deaths of men: 400
- Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer. The chance that breast cancer will be responsible for a woman’s death is about 1 in 35 (about 3%).
- Besides skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among U.S. women. More than 1 in 4 cancers in women (about 28%) are breast cancer. Compared to African American women, white women are slightly more likely to develop breast cancer, but less likely to die of it. One possible reason is that African American women tend to have more aggressive tumors, although why this is the case is not known. Women of other ethnic backgrounds — Asian, Hispanic, and Native American — have a lower risk of developing and dying from breast cancer than white women and African American women.
Cervical Cancer Statistics
- 2017 Estimated new cases of invasive cervical cancer diagnosed: 12,820
- 2017 Estimated deaths of women: 4,210
- Cervical pre-cancers are diagnosed far more often than invasive cervical cancer.
- Cervical cancer tends to occur in midlife. Most cases are found in women younger than 50 and rarely develops in women younger than 20.
- In the United States, Hispanic women are most likely to get cervical cancer, followed by African-Americans, Asians and Pacific Islanders, and whites. American Indians and Alaskan natives have the lowest risk of cervical cancer in this country.
Ovarian Cancer Statistics
- 2017 Estimated women diagnosed: 22,440
- A woman’s risk of getting ovarian cancer during her lifetime is about 1 in 75. Her lifetime chance of dying from ovarian cancer is about 1 in 100.
- Ovarian cancer ranks fifth in cancer deaths among women, accounting for more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system.
- Ovarian cancer is more common in white women than Africa American women.
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