According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, breast cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the breast.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women, second to skin cancers. It is estimated that in 2022, approximately 30% of all new female cancer diagnoses will be breast cancer. In 2022, an estimated 287,500 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in the U.S. in addition to 51,400 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer. Of these, 65% of breast cancer cases are diagnosed at a localized stage (there is no sign that the cancer has spread outside of the breast), for which the 5-year relative survival rate is 99%.
Although rare, men get breast cancer too. In 2022, an estimated 2,710 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer in the U.S. and approximately 530 men will die from breast cancer.
Though these numbers seem staggering, there is hope for victory over breast cancer. Over 3.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States are proof that there are successful treatment solutions available to help you.