The statistics regarding breast cancer are alarming:
- The rate of new cases of breast cancer has been increasing by just over 1% per year since the 1940s.
- In 2005, an estimated 211,240 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed among women.
- 1 in 8 women either has or will develop breast cancer in her lifetime.
Despite those statistics, there is also some very good news: great strides have been made in the detection and treatment of breast cancer. Even though the incidence of new cases has increased each year, mortality rates have significantly decreased. If detected early, the 5 year survival rate is 95%! There are more than 2 million breast cancer survivors in the US today!