Facts About Breast and Cervical Cancer


Breast Cancer

  • Second only to skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women.
  • Of all the cancers, only lung cancer kills more women than breast cancer.
  • Around 215,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed among US women each year.
  • Around 40,000 women will die of breast cancer in the United States.
  • If detected early, the 5-year survival rate for localized breast cancer is 97%.
  • 75% of all breast cancers occur in women over 50 years of age.
  • The risk of breast cancer increases with age.
  • A mammogram exposes a woman to less radiation than a dental x-ray.
  • Scientists have found that regular screening mammograms among women 50-69 years of age can reduce deaths by 30%.

Cervical Cancer

  • The incidence of invasive cervical cancer has decreased a great deal over the last 40 years mainly because of Pap tests and treatment of precancerous conditions.
  • A Pap test can detect abnormal cells before they become cancerous and treatment can be used to prevent cancer.
  • Each year, around 13,000 new cases of cervical cancer will be diagnosed in the United States.
  • Each year, around 5,000 women will die of cervical cancer in the United States.
  • Almost half of women who die from cervical cancer are older than age 65.
  • Routine screening can prevent cervical cancer.
  • When cervical conditions are discovered and treated at a pre-cancerous stage, the survival rate is nearly 100%.