October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Understanding how Breast Cancer affects us all is very important to overall health.
What are the estimated numbers of new breast cancer cases and deaths in the United States for the year 2010?
About 207,090 new cases of invasive breast cancer will occur among women in the United States during 2010. And an estimated 39,840 women will die from breast cancer this year. Also, about 1,970 men will be diagnosed and 390 men will die of breast cancer during 2010 in the United States. In addition to invasive breast cancer, an estimated 54,010 new cases of in situ breast cancer will occur among women in 2010.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among African American women. It is also the second leading cause of cancer death among African American women, exceeded only by lung cancer. In 2009, an estimated 19,540 new cases of breast cancer and 6,020 deaths were expected to occur among African American women. Although breast cancer incidence is lower among African American women, they have a 38 percent higher breast cancer death rate than Caucasian women. Breast cancer survival in African American women has increased in recent decades. However, survival rates among African American women remain lower than among Caucasian women. From 1999-2005 the five-year survival rate for breast cancer among African-American women was 79 percent compared to 91 percent among Caucasian women. There are many possible reasons for this difference in survival. Biologic and genetic differences in tumors, the presence of risk factors, barriers to health care access, health behaviors and later stage of disease at diagnosis may all play a role. It is important to know that mammography increases the chance that breast cancer will be found at the earliest, most treatable stages. Annual mammography screening and effective treatment offer the best chance for decreasing mortality and improving survival. For more on African American ethnicity and breast cancer, visit the Risk Factors and Prevention and Early Detection and Screening sections.