Breast Cancer by the Numbers

In 1995, my mother was diagnosed with Pseudomyxoma Peritonei (PMP), a rare abdominal cancer that doesn't produce symptoms until the gelatinous tumor has spread significantly throughout the abdominal cavity. She died in 2003, after undergoing multiple surgeries and rounds of chemotherapy. My mother would often lament that very little research funding went to learning more about PMP, while other "common" cancers (like breast cancer) got huge amounts of funding. Often, I have thought to myself, if Mom were here today, she'd probably tell me that I'm lucky to have gotten one of the common types of cancer. She'd be right. A lot of people get breast cancer, and more is known about breast cancer than many other types of cancer. However, breast cancer is far from a "solved problem." 

  • 8 out of 10 women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history of breast cancer.
  • The American Cancer Society estimated that about 230,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer would be diagnosed in 2015.
  • In the United States, over over 1,000 women under 40 die from breast cancer each year.
  • Women under 40 who have breast cancer are more likely to have aggressive forms of the disease and are more likely to die from breast cancer, compared with older women.

        The complete American Cancer Society report can be found below.
Rebecca Milman Marsh,
Jul 8, 2016, 11:07 PM