The numbers behind breast cancer in America

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The Numbers Behind Breast Cancer in America

According to the American Cancer Society, there will be approximately 230,000 new invasive breast cancer diagnoses in the U.S. this year, as well as around 40,000 breast cancer-related deaths. That's pretty close to where those numbers were in 2012, which is the most recent data available.

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And it fits the broader trend of breast cancer in America: diagnosis rates and death rates have remained fairly static or declined slightly over the last ten years on record. The five-year survival rate for breast cancer patients is roughly 89.4 percent. But that's heavily dependent on how far the cancer has spread in the body — the more localized the cancer is, the easier it is to treat.

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The numbers behind breast cancer in America

Risk factors of breast cancer: obesity

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Risk factors of breast cancer: lack of exercise

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Risk factors of breast cancer: alcohol use

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Risk factors of breast cancer: an unhealthy diet

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Risk factors of breast cancer: smoking

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Common signs of breast cancer: a breast mass that is hard and/or irregular 

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Common signs of breast cancer: changes in the skin of the breast such as puckering, irritation, scaling, dimpling, redness or thickening

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Common signs of breast cancer: swelling of all or part of the breast, even with no specific lump

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Common signs of breast cancer: enlargement or swelling of the lymph nodes in the armpit area

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Common signs of breast cancer: nipple discharge, that is not breast milk

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Common signs of breast cancer: nipple retraction, which looks like a turning inward of the nipple

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The National Institutes of Health estimates the medical cost of cancer will reach $158 billion by 2020. Breast cancer accounts for about $20 billion, and continues to be the most common cancer in women worldwide, with nearly 1.7 million new cases in 2012.

Check out the visuals below for more statistics on breast cancer in the United States:

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