Cancer Facts

The American Cancer Society estimates that in Minnesota, 4,500 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in 2018, and an estimated 630 women will die of breast cancer.

The lifetime risk for a woman developing breast cancer is 1 in 8.
— American Cancer Society

This year in America, more than 266,120 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 40,920 will die.
— American Cancer Society

2,550 American men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 480 will die this year.
— American Cancer Society

In 2015, there were an estimated 3,418,124 women living with breast cancer in the United States.
— National Cancer Institute

All women are at risk for breast cancer. More than 75% of women with breast cancer have no family history of the disease and less than 10% have a known gene mutation that increases risk.
— National Breast Cancer Coalition

The current methods of treatment for breast cancer in use in the United States include surgery (mastectomy and lumpectomy), radiation, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, and biological therapy (including, monoclonal antibody therapy).
— Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Ann Harris and Lois Joseph, diagnosed with breast cancer at ages 39 and 55 respectively, started the Breast Cancer Awareness Association in 2001, drawing on their own experiences as survivors. The first annual Twin Cities Breast Cancer Awareness Conference was launched as a part of the Day of Caring program, which has since suspended work on a national level. Today the Breast Cancer Education Association (BCEA) is the only organization in Minnesota whose sole purpose is to educate and support individuals, families and friends dealing with breast cancer.