Breast Cancer Awareness

Breast Cancer Awareness

American Cancer Society (2016 – 2018 report)

  • Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers.
  • About 1 in 8 (12%) women in the US will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime.
  • About 246,660 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women.
  • About 61,000 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will be diagnosed (CIS is non-invasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer).
  • The incidence rates have been stable in Caucasian women, but have increased slightly in African American women.
  • Breast cancer is the most diagnosed cancer in African American women with 32% of all new cancers diagnosed or 30,700 women expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer in the U.S. this year. Lung & bronchial cancers are the second most diagnosed cancers in African American women and account for 11% of diagnosed cancers.

In the DC/MD/VA areas:

  • Washington DC has the second highest incidence of breast cancer for women across the U.S.