- Most frequent cancer among women & impacts 2.1 million women each year
- Cause of the most cancer-related deaths among women
- In 2018, approximately 627,000 women died from breast cancer (15% of all cancer deaths among women)
- Breast cancer rates are higher among women in more developed regions, however rates are increasing in nearly every region worldwide
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- Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women
- About 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime.
- In recent years, incidence rates have increased slightly (by 0.3% per year).
- About 85% of breast cancers occur in women who have no family history of breast cancer.
- The female breast cancer death rate peaked at 33.2 per 100,000 in 1989 and decreased by 40% to 19.8 in 2017.
- There has been a decline in breast cancer mortality rates since 1989, which have been attributed to both improvements in treatment and early detection by mammography. (http://pressroom.cancer.org/Cancer-Stats2016)
- Breast cancer is the most common cancer and has the highest mortality among females in India
- There is an increasing incidence of breast cancer in younger age groups (30-40s)
- India is predicted to see an increase in breast cancer incidence and mortality in the next 2 decades
- Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer mortality in women in Brazil
- Sao Paolo City’s breast cancer mortality rate is significantly higher than the national average
- Breast cancer is still being diagnosed too frequently in late stages.
- Several mapping data papers suggest issues of inequity related to breast cancer early diagnosis and treatment.