Facts & Stats: Breast Cancer

By LESLIE CRISS / NEMS Daily Journal

Breast Cancer Facts
These facts demonstrate the work the American Cancer Society has accomplished with other organizations and remind us that together we can create a world with less breast cancer and more birthdays!
* Having cancer is hard. Finding help shouldn’t be. The American Cancer Society is available around the clock to help you through your cancer experience. We are here every minute of every day and night at (800) 227-2345.
* The American Cancer Society combines a never-ending passion with the wisdom of nearly a century of experience to save lives by helping you stay well, helping you get well, by finding cures, and fighting back. Learn more at cancer.org.
* One of the many ways the American Cancer Society saves lives is by finding cures through groundbreaking research. The American Cancer Society spends $130 million a year on cancer research and has invested more than $3.4 billion in cancer research since its research program began in 1946.
192,370
* The estimated number of women in the United States to have been diagnosed in 2009 with invasive breast cancer.
40,610
* Estimated number of women expected to die from the disease.
1,910
* The number of men in the U.S. who were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009.
* More than 11 million Americans who have a history of cancer will celebrate another birthday this year. The American Cancer Society knows how special a birthday can be: a celebration of life, a marker of progress. Join us, and together we’ll save more lives and help everyone celebrate more birthdays.
* More than half of all cancers could be prevented. Learn how to stay well and reduce your risk of cancer by making healthy lifestyle choices at cancer.org.
* Having cancer is hard. Having to travel out of town for treatment can make it even harder. The American Cancer Society provides free temporary lodging (in some communities) to patients and their caregivers who must travel far from home to get quality cancer treatment at its Hope Lodge facilities. To find out if there is a Hope Lodge facility in your area, call your American Cancer Society at (800) 227-2345 or visit cancer.org/hopelodge.
* More than 3 million volunteers help the American Cancer Society save lives in communities across the country. These dedicated people donate their time and talents to help people stay well by educating the public about taking steps to reduce the risk of cancer or detect it early; help people get well with hands-on support and services for patients and their loved ones through every step of the cancer experience; and fight back by rallying their communities and advocating for responsible cancer policies at the local, state, and federal levels.
* Sometimes you just need to connect with someone who has “been there.” The American Cancer Society Cancer Survivors Network is an online community for cancer survivors and their family and friends where people can connect with others who have been through the cancer experience. Visit cancer.org/csn to learn more, be inspired by people’s stories, and even share your own story.
* Lack of health insurance and other barriers prevent many Americans from receiving quality health care. To learn more about what the American Cancer Society is doing to help all people have access to health care, visit www.cancer.org/access.