Every 12 minutes a woman in America dies of breast cancer. Yet, with early detection, doctors believe that number could be significantly reduced.
In 2016, the American Cancer Society estimates 246,660 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in U.S. women, as well as an estimated 61,000 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will be diagnosed (CIS is non-invasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer). Lastly, approximately 40,450 women will die from breast cancer this year.
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.