Breast Cancer & The Environment

USA and NYS Statistics

 •      Breast cancer is the 2nd leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer

•      Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since 1989, with larger decreases in women younger than 50 (due to early detection and decreased hormonal replacement therapy).

•      About 1 in 8 (12%) women-born now- in the US will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime.

•      In 2012: about 227,000 American women were be diagnosed with BC

•      Estimated new cases and deaths from breast cancer in the USA in 2013:

  •    New cases: 232,340 (female); 2,240 (male)
  •    Deaths: 39,620 (female); 410 (male)

•      The chance that breast cancer will be responsible for a woman's death is about 1 in 36 (about 3%).

•     The overall 5-year relative survival for 2002-2008 from 18 SEER geographic areas was 89.0%. Five-year relative survival by race was: 90.3% for white women; 77.7% for black women.


Source: National Cancer Institute (02/2013)