7 Heart-Wrenching Facts About Breast Cancer

7 Heart-Wrenching Facts About Breast Cancer

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Facts about breast cancer

1 in 8 women will get breast cancer

1 in 8

In the United States, 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime.

Cases of breast cancer


In 2015, there will be an estimated 231,840 new cases of invasive breast cancer in women and 2,350 cases in men.

Breast cancer deaths


Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women in the United States. 1 in 36 women will die as a result of breast cancer. Fortunately, the death rate has been declining thanks to early detection through regular screenings and exceptional treatment. 

Percentage of genetic breast cancer


5-10 percent of breast cancers are linked to genetic mutations. These mutations are inherited from an individual’s mother or father. The most common genetic mutations are the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. Women with either gene have an 80 percent increased risk of breast cancer in her lifetime.

Number of breast cancer deaths


According to the American Cancer Society, this year alone, 40,290 women will die from breast cancer.

Breast cancer facts


Nearly 85 percent of breast cancers happen in women who do not have a family history of breast cancer. 

Breast cancer survivors


Right now in the United States, there are more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors.

Breast Cancer Prevention

While at present time there is no cure for breast cancer, there are steps that women (and men) can take to ensure they are staying healthy. There are risk factors such as body weight, diet, and physical activity that is all within a person’s control.

Do you have a family history of breast cancer? Talk to your doctor about having genetic testing done looking for mutations. These tests look for genes that carry an increased risk for breast cancer, like the BRCA genes. If a mutation is found, you may have to consider surgery to lower your chances.

Early Detection

Preventative screenings can help detect cancer before it begins to show any symptoms. Screenings, such as mammograms, can find breast cancers while they’re still small and within the breast. A mammogram is the best test to detect cancer in its early stages. If you are at a higher risk for breast cancer, a breast MRI is recommended.

Get Screened Today

At UnityPoint Clinic, we strive to ensure that our patients are healthy. Whether it’s an annual physical or getting screened for breast cancer, our experts provide the highest quality of healthcare. Make an appointment today with a UnityPoint Clinic provider or message your care team through MyUnityPoint.