Fast Facts About Breast Cancer You May Not Know

Fast Facts About Breast Cancer You May Not Know


This October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Each year in the United States (U.S.), there are more than 250,000 diagnosed cases of breast cancer. However, with monthly self-exams, annual clinical exams, and mammograms, a majority of breast cancer diagnoses can be caught in the early stages and treated successfully.

Breast cancer can impact everyone. Here are some fast facts you may not know:

  • Each year, 276,480 women and 2,620 men in the U.S. are diagnosed with invasive breast cancer.
  • About 42,000 women and 510 men in the U.S. die each year from breast cancer.
  • Deaths from breast cancer have declined over time, but overall, breast cancer remains the second leading cause of cancer death among women overall.
  • There are some risk factors you can control to reduce your risk of developing breast cancer. These include:
    • Taking hormones.
    • Excessive alcohol consumption.
    • Physical inactivity.

If you have questions about breast cancer, or if you have a family history of breast cancer, it’s important to reach out to your health care provider, such as a nurse practitioner (NP), to schedule a checkup and ensure the health of your breasts.

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