Facts & Figures

According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 1,638,910 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed and approximately 577,190 people will die from cancer in 2012. That amounts to more than 1,500 people a day.  

American Cancer Society estimates that 226,870 cases of invasive and 63,300 cases of in situ breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in 2012. Further, 2,190 cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in men in 2012. An estimated 39,920 people (39,510 women and 410 men) will die of breast cancer in 2012.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women (behind lung cancer). 

African-American women have a 1:10 chance of developing breast cancer compared to a 1:8 chance for white women.  However, African-American women have a higher death rate from breast cancer than do white or Hispanic/Latina women. 

According to the American Cancer Society, the overall incidence rate of breast cancer among African-American women is 10% lower than the rate for white women. However, among younger African-American women (under age 40) the incidence rate is higher than the rate in white women. 

From 2002-2006, African-American women had a 28% higher death rate than white women from breast cancer. Access to and utilization of early detection and treatment resources as well as differences in tumor characteristics cause this disparity.

The District of Columbia has the highest death rate from breast cancer in the United States (rate of 27.6 per 100,000), according to the American Cancer Society. Wards 7 and 8 in the District and Prince George's County, MD, suffer even higher rates: 30.7 in Ward 7 and 30.2 in both Ward 8 and Prince George's County (Susan G. Komen Community Profile Report—National Capital Area 2010).