"Aside from non-melanoma skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women. Breast cancer is the number one cause of cancer death in Hispanic women. It is the second most common cause of cancer death in white, black, Asian/Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaska Native women. For more information, visit Cancer Among Women.
In 2005 (the most recent year numbers are available)—
- 186,467 women and 1,764 men were diagnosed with breast cancer.*†
- 41,116 women and 375 men died from breast cancer.*†
†Source: U.S. Cancer Statistics Working Group. United States Cancer Statistics: 1999–2005 Incidence and Mortality Web-based Report. Atlanta (GA): Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and National Cancer Institute; 2009. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/uscs.
*Note: Incidence counts cover approximately 96% of the U.S. population and death counts cover 100% of the U.S. population. Use caution in comparing incidence and death counts."
(Quote taken from http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/breast/statistics/)
Let alone the fact that approximately 41, 491 people died from breast cancer in 2005, how many more men and women don't have the money to get their yearly mammogram exam, to find out if they have breast cancer? How many of those people, could have been saved?
There are many sites set up to help donate for people who can't afford to get their yearly mammogram, such as The Breast Cancer Site ( http://www.thebreastcancersite.com ), just being one of them.
Breast Cancer Awareness is more important now, then ever before. Statistics are growing, and more people are dying.