Why We Walk - Breast Cancer Facts

  Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer and is the leading cause of cancer death in women worldwide.

•  Nearly 1.4 million women are diagnosed with breast cancer globally each year.

•  More than 458,000 people worldwide die from the disease each year.

•  Somewhere in the world, a woman dies from breast cancer every 69 seconds.

•  Over the last 25 years, breast cancer incidence rates have risen about 30 percent in westernized countries, although incidence rates decreased in the US from 1999-2006 in part due to lower use of postmenopausal combined hormone use.

• Nancy G. Brinker, Founder and CEO of Komen and Goodwill Ambassador for Cancer Control for the U.N.’s World Health Organization, is urging global health officials to include cancer in global health agendas.

• Breast cancer in men is rare but it is estimated there will be 2,140 cases of male breast cancer in 2011 along with 450 male deaths in the United States alone.


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