National Breast Cancer Coalition

Truth #1


More than 2 ½ million women
in the United States have
a history of breast cancer.

According to the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program, on December 1, 2013, in the United States there were approximately 2,829,041 women alive who have received a diagnosis of breast cancer. Excluding skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women in the US.

It is estimated that 232,340 new cases of invasive breast cancer (cancer that has spread from where it started in the breast into surrounding, healthy tissue) will be diagnosed among women in the US in 2013. In addition to invasive cancers, 57,650 new cases of in situ breast cancer will be diagnosed; approximately 49,003 of which will be ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS).