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Best Breast Facts and Figures

  • Let's start with our favorite statistic! There are 2.6 million breast cancer survivors.

  • FIGHT: Breast cancer is the 2nd leading cause of cancer deaths among women, after lung cancer, and is the leading cause of cancer deaths among women ages 35-54.

  • PRAY: Research reveals the mortality rate could decrease 30% if all women ages 50 and over had annual mammograms.

  • FIGHT: Risk factors include: Personal history of breast or ovarian cancer, Family history of breast cancer, Gaining weight in adulthood & Being overweight after menopause.

  • FIGHT: Breast cancer patients in the lower income bracket have a 9% lower 5-year survival rate than women of higher income.

  • LIVE: To ensure staying healthy: "everything in moderation, get a mammo every year, check your breasts once a month, have a breast exam once a year by your doctor, and laugh as much as possible". — Beth Brady, M.D.

  • PRAY: 5-10% of breast cancers that occur in women are hereditary. The majority are "sporadic" — meaning there is no direct family history.

  • PRAY: Most cancers grow slowly, taking 8-10 years to become large enough to be seen on the mammogram or felt in a breast self-exam.

  • PRAY: Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women other than skin cancer.

  • FIGHT: This is why early detection is so important, to notice changes.
    • Every 3 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer.
    • A woman dies of breast cancer every 13 minutes.
    • 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed in their lifetime.
    • Connecticut has the highest rate of breast cancer in the U.S.
    • Caucasians are more likely to develop the disease; however African Americans are more likely to die from it.


About 1 out of every 100 people (men and women) have more than two nipples. They are called "accessory nipples"


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