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About Breast Cancer

Sarah Cannon at SMC

Information about Breast Cancer from the Swedish Breast Cancer Care Center

  • Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers. About one in eight (12%) of women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetimes.
  • Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer. The chance that breast cancer will be responsible for a women's death is about one in 36 (3 %). Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since about 1989, with larger decreases in women younger than 50. These decreases are believed to be the result of earlier detection through screening and increased awareness, as well as improved treatment.
  • Including women still being treated and those who have completed treatment, there are more than 2.9 million breast cancer survivors in the United States (from the American Cancer Society).

To learn more about breast cancer, visit the American Cancer Society. Here you will find up-to-date information on:

  • Causes, risk factors and prevention
  • Early detection, diagnosis and staging
  • Breast cancer treatment
  • Suggestions for talking with your doctor
  • What to expect after treatment
  • Current breast cancer research