Breast cancer facts

Posted: Monday, May 22, 2000

Breast cancer strikes one in nine women.

Breast cancer is the leading cause of death, from all causes, for women between the ages of 35 and 54.

Seventy-five percent of all women diagnosed with breast cancer have no known risk factors. All women are at risk of developing breast cancer.

Every three minutes a woman will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Every 12 minutes a woman dies from breast cancer.

Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for black women.

About 80 percent of women diagnosed with breast cancer are 50 years old or older.

A mammogram is the best way to detect breast cancer it its earliest stages, but only 30 percent of all women over 50 are getting regular mammograms.

Early detection is the key to beating breast cancer. When the disease is confined to the breast, the five-year survival rate is 97 percent.

Sources: The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and Women's Information Network Against Breast Cancer.

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