continued — every 3 minutes, there is a new diagnosis of invasive breast cancer;
— approximately 230,480 women and 2,140 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year;
— every 13 minutes, a life is lost to breast cancer;
— 39,520 women and 450 men in the U.S. will die from the disease annually;
— the National Cancer Institute estimates that approximately 2.6 million U.S. women with a history of breast cancer are living today, more than half of whom were diagnosed less than 10 years earlier. Most of these individuals were cancer-free, while others still had evidence of cancer and may still be undergoing treatment;
— there are more than 250,000 women under the age of 40 in the U.S living with breast cancer, and over 11,000 will be diagnosed this year;
— White, non-Hispanic women are more likely to develop breast cancer but African-American women are more likely to die from it;
— breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among Hispanic women;
— men get breast cancer too. Survival for men with breast cancer is similar to survival for women, when their stage of diagnosis is the same;
— men at any age may develop breast cancer, but it is usually found in men between 60 and 70 years of age. Male breast cancer makes up less than 1 percent of all cases of breast cancer; and
— male breast cancer is sometimes caused by inherited gene mutations, and a family history of breast cancer can increase a man’s risk.
Ross stressed early detection of the disease saves lives. She urged people to get regular health exams and to get more information by going online at www.avonwalk.org.