Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 16, 2014

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and it’s important to recognize the most common cancer among American women.

Cancer is a disease in which cells in the body grow out of control. When cancer starts in the breast, it is called breast cancer.

There are different symptoms of breast cancer and some people have no symptoms at all. Symptoms can include any change in the size or the shape of the breast, pain in any area of the breast, nipple discharge other than breast milk (including blood), and a new lump in the breast or underarm. If you have any signs that worry you, be sure to see your doctor right away.

41,374 people died of breast cancer in 2011, according to the most recent national data.

In 2010, 67% of women 40 years of age and over who had a mammogram within the past 2 years and there were 16 million physician office visits during which mammograms were ordered or provided.

There were 2.7 million hospital outpatient department visits during which mammograms were ordered or provided in 2010.

For more information on breast cancer:





Breast cancer deaths – A state-by-state basis

October 28, 2009

Except for skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women. Breast cancer is the number one cause of cancer death in Hispanic women. It is the second most common cause of cancer death in white, black, Asian/Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaska Native women. However, in the United States, incidence of breast cancer has decreased significantly by 2.2% per year from 1999 to 2005 among women, and deaths from breast cancer have decreased significantly by 1.8% per year from 1998 to 2005 among women. However, age-adjusted death rates from breast cancer vary by state:

This map of the U.S. shows death rates for breast cancer by state.

For more trends and statistics by state, visit

For more breast cancer statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, visit