Breast Cancer by the Numbers

According to the 2006 Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force Report, the state of Illinois has the sixth highest breast cancer death rate for women of color and uninsured women. In fact, the breast cancer death rate for African-American women in Chicago was 116% higher than for white women. Below are more facts on the health disparities that exist among women of color: 

• About 1 in 8 women in the U.S. will get breast cancer during her lifetime. 

• Each year, more than 40,000 women die from breast cancer. 

• The overall lifetime risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer is 10.14% for African- American women and 13.83% for Caucasian women. However, about 31 out of every 100,000 African-American women die from the disease each year compared to just 27 out of every 100,000 Caucasian women

• Breast cancer appears an average of 10 years earlier in Hispanic women compared to Caucasian women. (Arizona Cancer Center Study, March 2009

80% of breast lumps are not cancerous—see your doctor right away to be sure. 

• Breast cancer is the most common cancer among Hispanic women. 

• More than 90% of women who find and treat their breast cancer early are cancer-free at five years.