Facts about Breast Cancer in the United States
- One in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
- Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.
- Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women.
- Each year it is estimated that over 252,710 women in the United States will be diagnosed
- Although breast cancer in men is rare, an estimated 2,470 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 460 will die each year.
- On average, every 2 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer and 1 woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes.
- Over 3.3 million breast cancer survivors are alive in the United States today.
A Global Burden
According to the World Health Organization, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide, claiming the lives of hundreds of thousands of women each year and affecting countries at all levels of modernization.
Good News about Breast Cancer Trends
In recent years, perhaps coinciding with the decline in prescriptive hormone replacement therapy after menopause, we have seen a gradual reduction in female breast cancer incidence rates among women aged 50 and older. Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since about 1990, in part due to better screening and early detection, increased awareness, and continually improving treatment options.
Does green tea help fight cancer?
Some laboratory studies have shown that extracts from green tea can stop cancer cells from growing. Green tea contains substances called polyphenols, and a subgroup called catechins, which scientists think give it antioxidant properties. Population research suggests that drinking green tea is not linked to a reduced risk of breast cancer in Asian people. However, there is some evidence that it might be linked with a reduced risk of breast cancer development in Asian-Americans. Green tea might have different protective effects in people depending on their genotype. In people with early-stage but not late-stage breast cancer, drinking green tea seems to be linked with a reduced risk of breast cancer recurring. To find out more visit https://ww5.komen.org/BreastCancer/Green-Tea.html
Sources: Komen, National Breast Cancer, WHO