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Breast Cancer Facts

  • 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer
  • Approximately 1.4 million women are diagnosed with breast cancer globally each year.
  • Approximately 456,000 people worldwide die from the disease each year.
  • Somewhere in the world, a woman dies from breast cancer every 69 seconds.
  • In the past 25 years, incidence rates have risen approximately 30 percent in westernized countries.
  • Nancy G. Brinker, Founder and Chair, Global Strategy 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.   

Progress in the Fight Against Breast Cancer

Since 1982, Komen has contributed to many of the advances made in the fight against breast cancer. We’ve transformed how the world treats and talks about this disease and have helped turn millions of breast cancer patients into breast cancer survivors. We are proud of our contribution to some very real victories:

  • More early detection and effective treatment. Currently, about 66 percent of women 40 and older receive regular mammograms, the best screening test to find breast cancer early. Since 1990, early detection and effective treatment have resulted in a 34 percent decline in breast cancer mortality in the U.S.
  • More hope. In 1980, the five-year relative survival rate for women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer was about 74 percent. Today, it’s 99 percent.
  • More research. The federal government now devotes more than $750 million each year to breast cancer research, treatment and prevention, compared to $30 million in 1982.
  • More survivors. Currently, there are more than 3 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S.
Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit outside of the federal government while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Komen has set a Bold Goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026. Since its founding in 1982, Komen has funded more than $920 million in research and provided more than $2.8 billion in funding to screening, education, treatment and psychosocial support programs serving millions of people in more than 30 countries worldwide. Komen was founded by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life.

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