Breast cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer among women (second to skin cancer) accounting for 29% of newly diagnosed cancers. Additionally, breast cancer is responsible for the second highest rate of cancer deaths among women (lung cancer is the first.)
In 2015, the numbers of diagnoses and deaths were approximately
- 231,800 cases of invasive breast cancer
- 60,300 cases of in situ breast cancer (a less invasive form of breast cancer)
- 40,300 deaths
- 2,350 men diagnosed with breast cancer and 440 deaths
Early detection is key for the best chance at recovery. The screening recommendations from the American Cancer Society, which seem to be a constant point of debate, are:
- Women ages 40 to 44...