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  • “1 in 8 or 12.6% of all women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime”
  • “An estimated 182,800 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed this year”
  • “Approximately 42,200 deaths will occur in women from breast cancer this year.”
  • “Breast cancer risk increases with age and every woman is at risk.”
  • “Every 13 minutes a woman dies of breast cancer.”
  • “Seventy-seven percent of women with breast cancer are over 50.”
  • “Approximately 1400 cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in men this year and 400 of those men will die.”
  • “Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in women between the ages of 15 and 54, and the second cause of cancer death in women 55 to 74.”
  • “The first sign of breast cancer usually shows up on a woman's mammogram before it can be felt or any other symptoms are present.”
  • “Early detection of breast cancer, through monthly breast self-exam and particularly yearly mammography after age 40, offers the best chance for survival.”

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