Silver Book Fact

A woman’s chance of having invasive breast cancer sometime during her lifetime is about 1 in 8.

Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Prevalence & Incidence

Related Facts

  • Tobacco smoking as a major risk factor
    Worldwide, tobacco smoking (including second-hand smoke) was 1 of the top 3 leading risk factors for disease and contributed to an estimated 6.2 million deaths in 2010.  
  • Around 78 percent of all cancers are diagnosed in people age 55 and older.  
  • Men have nearly a 1 in 2 chance of developing cancer in their lifetime. For women, the risk is around 1 in 3.  
  • For elderly cancer patients, 5 year Medicare costs in 2004 were approximately $21.1 billion.  
  • The value of life lost from cancer deaths is projected to reach $147.6 billion in 2020.