About 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12.4%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. In 2018, it is estimated that among U.S. women there will be 266,120 new cases of invasive breast cancer and 40,920 breast cancer deaths. Although breast cancer in men is rare, an estimated 2,470 men will be diagnosed and approximately 460 will die each year.*
Fortunately, many people can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early. October, which is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, is a chance to raise awareness about the importance of early detection of breast cancer. A mammogram can help find breast cancer early when it’s easier to treat.
In addition to early detection screenings, there are certain established genetic, environmental, and lifestyle risk factors associated with breast cancer. Read more about each of them here. Taking preventative measures, paired with early detection, can reduce the risk factors of breast cancer.