PUBLIC HEALTH CONCERNS
Breast Cancer

Breast cancer has reached epidemic proportions. The Medical Society of the State of New York advocates early detection efforts and proper medical treatment in the interest of saving lives. The following information is provided to assist physicians & patients in this fight, including technologies available for detection and diagnosis, potential strategies for preventing the development of the disease, new research treatments, breast cancer centers and additional community resources.

The Breast Cancer site sponsors at least one free mammogram a day to an underprivileged woman, based on "hits" on their website. It takes less than a minute to go to their site and click on “donating a mammogram” for free (pink window in the middle). 

 


 

 

Facts About Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women,
excluding skin cancer.

Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in women between the ages of 40 and 55.

About 77% of women with a new diagnosis of breast cancer are
over the age of 50.

Approximately 180,000 new cases of breast cancer occur each
year in the United States.

One out of every 8 women in the United States is at risk of
developing breast cancer, and 1 out of every 28 women are at
risk of dying from breast cancer.

In North America and Western Europe the incidence of breast
cancer is 6 to 10 times higher than in Japan and most parts of
Asiaand Africa.

In women of all age groups, white women are more likely to
develop breast cancer than African-American women. However,
of all women younger than 45, African-American women are more likely to develop breast cancer than White women.

Low-income, African-American women are three times more
likely to be diagnosed with advanced disease than high-income
women.

Increased use of mammography has resulted in breast cancers
being found earlier in their development when they are smaller
and at less advanced stages.

In the 1940s, only 72% of women diagnosed with breast cancer
survived for 5 years. Today, the 5-year survival rate from localized breast cancer has increased to 97%.

 



American Cancer Society  


New York State Department of Health

 

Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation

For more than 20 years, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation has been a global leader in the fight against breast cancer by funding research grants and supporting education, screening and treatment projects in communities around the world.