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Breast Cancer Facts & Stats

Written by the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.

1 in 8 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. In 2023, an estimated 297,790 women and 2,800 men will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. Chances are, you know at least one person who has been personally affected by breast cancer. 

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Breast Cancer Death Rates Are Highest for Black Women—Again

Written by:Sandy McDowell, Director, Digital Research Content

A new American Cancer Society (ACS) report finds that the death rate for breast cancer in the United States among women dropped 43% between 1989 when it peaked and 2020. During the last decade, death rates declined similarly for women of all racial/ethnic groups across the US except for American Indians/Alaska Natives (AIANs), who had stable rates. However, Black women are still more likely to die from breast cancer than White women across the US, even though Black women have lower breast cancer incidence rates.

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What Are the Symptoms of Breast Cancer?

Written by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Different people have different symptoms of breast cancer. Some people do not have any signs or symptoms at all.

Some warning signs of breast cancer are—

  • New lump in the breast or underarm (armpit).

  • Thickening or swelling of part of the breast.

  • Irritation or dimpling of breast skin.

  • Redness or flaky skin in the nipple area or the breast.

  • Pulling in of the nipple or pain in the nipple area.

  • Nipple discharges other than breast milk, including blood.

  • Any change in the size or the shape of the breast.

  • Pain in any area of the breast.

 

Keep in mind that these symptoms can happen with other conditions that are not cancer. If you have any signs or symptoms, be sure to see your doctor right away.

Reversing Breast Cancer's Trajectory in the Latinx Community
Written by Victoria Pelham 


Breast cancer is a life-altering diagnosis, often requiring months of grueling therapies and surgery to recover. The most prevalent cancer in women, it takes an even heavier toll on communities that struggle with navigating the healthcare system.

 

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Breast Cancer Rates Increasing in Some Asian American Populations
Written by James Roland - Medically Reviewed By Angelica Balingit, MD

 

Breast cancer rates among Asian Americans used to be the lowest of any ethnic group. However, studies over the past 20 years suggest that the risk of breast cancer in Asian Americans is increasing. 
 

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