Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women around the globe, accounting for 25% of all cancers. And this year, there will be an estimated 1.7 million new cases and 500,000 deaths worldwide from breast cancer. [3

  • Gender:
    • Being a woman is the greatest risk factor leading to a breast cancer diagnosis.
    • Only about 1% of annually diagnosed cases occur in men.[1]
  • Age:
    • Increasing age heightens breast cancer risk, as 79% of new breast cancer cases occur after age 50.[1]
  • Ethnicity:
    • Certain ethnic groups such as African American women and Ashkenazi Jewish women are at a higher risk than others.
    • At any given age, African-American women are more likely to die from breast cancer than non-Hispanic white women.[1]
  • Individuality: Every woman has unique risk factors.
2014 Racial Disparity in Breast Cancer Mortality Study
Between 1990 and 2009, the mortality rate due to breast cancer for African-American women had not improved.[2] The Avon Foundation led a first-of-its-kind study of black:white breast cancer mortality rate disparities in the 41 most populated U.S. cities over a 20-year period. Our study found the mortality rate disparity grew between the 1990-1994 and 2005-2009 time periods in 35 of the 41 largest U.S. cities.
Sources & Resources

  1. Society, A.C., Breast Cancer Facts & Figures 2013-2014. 2013.
  2. Hunt, B.R., S. Whitman, and M.S. Hurlbert, Increasing Black:White disparities in breast cancer mortality in the 50 largest cities in the United States. Cancer Epidemiol, 2014. 38(2): p. 118-23.
  3. Wild, B.W.S.a.C.P., World Cancer Report 2014 2014.
  4. Ross, A.C., et al., The 2011 report on dietary reference intakes for calcium and vitamin D from the Institute of Medicine: what clinicians need to know. J Clin Endocrinol Metab, 2011. 96(1): p. 53-8.
  5. Silverstein, M.J., et al., Special report: Consensus conference III. Image-detected breast cancer: state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment. J Am Coll Surg, 2009. 209(4): p. 504-20.

This website was created for educational purposes only and should not be interpreted as medical advice. Be sure to partner with your medical provider to develop the best personal care plan for you. Adapted from the American Cancer Society, 2013-2014 Breast Cancer Facts & Figures.