Breast Cancer Information

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Are you aware that the number of people diagnosed with breast cancer are expected to rise by more then fifty percent by 2030?  The National Cancer Institute estimates that due to the growing and aging population that by 2030 there will be 441,000 cases of breast cancer diagnosed per year up from the 283,000 cases diagnosed in 2011.   Managing this increase will present a huge challenge for the United States, and Tough Enough To Wear Pink in conjunction with Gunnison Valley Hospital are stepping up to this challenge and dedicating significant funds and resources to improve and advance breast cancer services in Gunnison County.

In recent surveys, it is estimated that among U.S. women there will be:

  • About 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.
  • 231,840 new cases of invasive breast cancer (This includes new cases of primary breast cancer among survivors, but not recurrence of original breast cancer among survivors.).
  • 60,290 new cases of in situ breast cancer (This includes ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) and lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS). Of those, about 83 percent will be DCIS. DCIS is a non-invasive breast cancer and LCIS is a condition that increases the risk of invasive breast cancer.
  • About 40,290 women in the U.S. are expected to die this year from breast cancer, though death rates have been decreasing since 1989. Women under 50 have experienced larger decreases. These decreases are thought to be the result of treatment advances, earlier detection through screening, and increased awareness.
  • For women in the U.S., breast cancer death rates are higher than those for any other cancer, besides lung cancer. Besides skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women. It’s estimated that just under 30% of newly diagnosed cancers in women will be breast cancers. About 85% of breast cancers occur in women who have no family history of breast cancer. These occur due to genetic mutations that happen as a result of the aging process and life in general, rather than inherited mutations.
  • Breast Density Facts


Breast cancer in men is rare, but it does happen. This year, it is estimated that among men in the U.S. there will be:

  • 2,350 new cases of (This includes new cases of primary breast cancer among survivors, but not recurrence of original breast cancer among survivors.)
  • 440 breast cancer deaths
  • A man’s lifetime risk of breast cancer is about 1 in 100.


NBC dense breasts news story

New Breast Cancer Test Could Become Lifesaver For Some Women

There’s exciting new hope in the fight against breast cancer: a new test performed in addition to mammograms that’s showing it can be up to four times better at finding cancer.

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