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A drug that can reduce the risk of breast cancer in high-risk women costs approximately $1,050 per year. The average cost per year for surgery or other invasive methods of treating breast cancer is $14,000.

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  • Since Congress passed the National Cancer Act in 1971, the percentage of the U.S. population living with, through, or beyond a cancer diagnosis has more than tripled.  
  • A mammogram can detect breast cancer 1-3 years before a woman can feel a lump. Mammography screening for women 50 and older can reduce breast cancer mortality by 30%.  
  • Reductions in mortality for lung, female breast, prostate, and colorectal cancers accounted for 60 to 80 percent of the total decrease in all cancer deaths since the early 1990s.  
  • Studies have shown that annual mammograms reduce breast cancer related mortality in women by 20-40%.  
  • Every additional dollar spent on overall breast cancer treatment has produced health gains valued at $4.80.