Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women around the world, and you probably know at least one person who has been affected either directly or indirectly by breast cancer. Our previous blog posts have listed tips for breast cancer patients as well as tips for preventing this type of cancer, but in today’s post, we’re going to take an in-depth look at breast cancer facts and statistics.
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We’ll start by explaining the basics. Cancer is a disease in which abnormal cells begin to multiply and damage healthy cells in the body. Breast cancer begins as a group of cells in the breast area that spreads through a process called metastasis. Left untreated, this process of unchecked cell reproduction will affect other areas of the body, including the lungs and bones.
According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc., one in eight women in the United States will develop breast cancer during their lifetime. In July of 2016, there were 164,050,000 women living in the United States, however, since then, that number has certainly grown. Taking this number as a rough estimate, we can expect that about 20,506,250 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetimes. This number is probably higher than you expected, but breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women.
Although data are useful for explaining phenomena in the world, they can also be used to generate reliable predictions about what we can expect in the future. Using the most recent and robust data available, researchers predict that more than 252,710 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer every year, and 16 percent of these diagnoses are expected to be fatal. While these data are undoubtedly troubling, there are some optimistic figures as well. There are more than 33,000,000 breast cancer survivors in the United States today, and deaths caused by all forms of cancer have been declining every year since 1991. These data are likely due to stricter restrictions on tobacco and carcinogenic products, as well as improvements in cancer detection and treatment methods.
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