Consider the following statistics related to breast cancer:
Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women. American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates for 2009 include 192,370 new cases of invasive breast cancer being diagnosed in the US. In addition, carcinoma in situ will be responsible for 62,280 new cases this year. Of these, 85 percent will be ductal carcinoma in situ.
In 2009, it is estimated that 1,910 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer.
Year 2009 estimates include 40,610 deaths occurring from breast cancer in the US alone - this includes approximately 40,170 women and 440 men.
According to ACS, the breast cancer death rate in the US is falling by about two percent per year, since 1999.
Breast cancer ranks second among cancer deaths in women after lung cancer.
Regardless of age, African-American women have the highest breast cancer mortality rates.
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