FAQ

How common is breast cancer?


Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women. Each year it is estimated that over 252,710 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,500 will die.

What age group is breast cancer most common in?


Rates begin to increase after age 40 and are highest in women over age 70. The median age of diagnosis of breast cancer for women in the U.S. is 62.

Can you get breast cancer if it doesn’t run in your family?


You can get breast cancer even if it doesn’t run in your family. Most women diagnosed with breast cancer – more than 85% – have no family history of the disease. … But other factors such as age, being overweight, alcohol use, and hormone therapy after menopause can also increase your risk of developing breast cancer.

What is the survival rate for stage 0 breast cancer?


Many stage 0 breast cancers do not require treatment. When they do, the approach is generally very successful. The five-year survival rate for stage 0 breast cancer is 93 percent. This means that almost all women diagnosed with stage 0 disease will live for at least five years after being diagnosed.