Breast cancer incidence rates are highest in non-Hispanic white women, followed by African American women and are lowest among Asian/Pacific Islander women. In contrast, breast cancer death rates are highest for African American women, followed by non-Hispanic white women. Breast cancer death rates are lowest for Asian/Pacific Islander women. Breast cancer incidence and death rates also vary by state.
When detected and treated early, 5-year relative survival for localized breast cancer is 99%. For regional disease, it is 84%. If the cancer has spread to distant organs, 5-year survival drops to 24%. Larger tumor size at diagnosis is also associated with decreased survival. The best way to fight breast cancer is to have a plan in place to help you detect the disease in the earliest stages. An early detection plan includes regular self-exams, clinical breast exams, and mammograms which are based on your age and health history.
To find out more about breast cancer statistics, risk factors, risk reduction and screening guidelines you can visit these websites.
The World Health Organization
The National Cancer Institute http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/detection/probability-breast-cancer
The National Breast Cancer Foundation