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Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women outside of non-melanoma skin cancer. Breast cancer is the number one cause of cancer death in Hispanic women, the second most common cause in white, black, Asian/Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaska Native women.

According to the American Cancer Society, in 2013
  • 232,340 women were diagnosed with invasive breast cancer along with 64,640 additional cases of in situ breast cancer
  • 39,620 women died from breast cancer
Breast cancer strikes more non-Hispanic white women than African American women. However, African American women have a higher incidence rate before age 40 and are more likely to die from breast cancer at every age.
The risk of getting breast cancer increases with age.

Percent of U.S. Women Who Develop Breast Cancer
Over 10-, 20-, and 30-Year Intervals
According to Their Current Age, 2001–2003†
Current Age 10 years 20 years 30 years
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30 0.44 1.89 4.17
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40 1.44 3.78 7.0
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50 2.38 5.78 8.84
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60 3.56 6.9 8.87
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70 3.82 6.08 N/A


†Source: Howlader N, Noone AM, Krapcho M, Garshell J, Neyman N, Altekruse SF, Kosary CL, Yu M, Ruhl J, Tatalovich Z, Cho H, Mariotto A, Lewis DR, Chen HS, Feuer EJ, Cronin KA (eds). SEER Cancer Statistics Review, 1975–2010, National Cancer Institute. Bethesda, MD, based on November 2012 SEER data submission, posted to the SEER Web site, April 2013

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death for women after lung cancer. The table below shows the 5 year relative survival rates for Stages 0-IV. The 5 year relative survival rate refers to the percentage of patients who live 5 years after their diagnosis. Relative survival rate compares the survival of patients with the breast cancer to that of people without cancer. This helps correct for deaths from things other than the cancer. Source: American Cancer Society , 2013, Cancer Facts and Statistics

Stage 5-year Relative Survival Rate
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0 100%
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I 100%
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II 93%
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III 72%
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IV 22%
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