Thursday, October 13, 2016

Breast Cancer by the Numbers


Breast cancer is the second-most common cancer among American women. (The first is skin cancer.) Just about 1 in 8 (12%) women in the US will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime. There's a high chance that you or someone you know will be affected by this disease. The good news? -- And there's a lot of it -- Death rates from breast cancer have declined since 1989 because of earlier screening, increased awareness, and better treatments. (Source for statistics: American Cancer Society)


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When women throughout North Central Indiana have concerns about breast cancer, they turn to the experts at Logansport Memorial Hospital for breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. They know that we offer the latest technology to help find breast cancer early when it is most treatable. They also know that they will have easy access to a team of medical professionals to answer their questions and discuss options.


Current statistics for breast cancer

There's far more to breast cancer than numbers. However, the statistics for this common disease are enlightening and often help answer initial concerns that you may have if you or a loved one are diagnosed. It is important to note that each person's individual risk and response to treatments is unique. Let's review some of the most recent statistics available.

The American Cancer Society's estimates for breast cancer in the United States for 2016 are:

a female patient consults with her doctor

  • About 246,660 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women.
  • About 61,000 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will be diagnosed (CIS is non-invasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer).
  • About 40,450 women will die from breast cancer.
  • Over 35,000 people will be diagnosed with breast cancer in Indiana this year.

What do these statistics mean? From a big picture view, they mean that breast cancer affects many women. A good percentage (approximately 25%) will be diagnosed very early - when there are many treatment options available.


Survival rates are among the most common requested stats from patients. To determine survival rates, doctors have to look at people who were treated at least 5 years ago. As treatments are improving over time, women who are now being diagnosed with breast cancer may have a better outlook than these statistics show. According to the American Cancer Society, the outlook for women with breast cancer varies by the stage (extent) of the cancer. In general, the survival rates are higher for women with earlier stage cancers. But remember, the outlook for each woman is specific to her circumstances.

  • The 5-year relative survival rate for women with stage 0 or stage 1 breast cancer is close to 100%.
  • For women with stage 2 breast cancer, the 5-year relative survival rate is about 93%.
  • The 5-year relative survival rate for stage 3 breast cancers is about 72%. But often, women with these breast cancers can be successfully treated.
  • Breast cancers that have spread to other parts of the body are more difficult to treat and tend to have a poorer outlook. Metastatic, or stage 4 breast cancers, have a 5-year relative survival rate of about 22%. Still, there are often many treatment options available for women with this stage of breast cancer.

Learn more about breast cancer survival rates from the American Cancer Society.

These statistics likely help answer some questions while also raising new questions. We encourage you to talk to your doctor about your personal risk for breast cancer. Need a doctor? Our OB/GYN team is currently accepting patients.



Logansport Memorial Breast Center: 

Personalized care for women.

At the LMH Breast Center women have the opportunity to meet with experts using the latest in technology. Our entire medical team comes together to focus on each patient and, when needed, we offer quick referrals to resources and specialists. Women in North Central Indiana turn to Logansport Memorial when they need reliable, personal health care.

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