BREAST CANCER FACTS FROM THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY
In 1997, 180,200 women will learn that they have breast cancer. l Some 43,900 women will die of breast cancer in 1997.
Over three-quarters of the women diagnosed with breast cancer will be the first in their families. A popular misconception is that if breast cancer is not in the family, you don’t have to worry about it.
Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in women aged 15 to 54.
Early detection through mammography screening can reduce mortality by an average of 30 percent. The key to defeating the disease is to find it early, before it has spread.
More than half the women who get breast cancer are eligible for breast conserving surgery or lumpectomy, a very encouraging piece of news.