October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

At this time, there are more than 3.1 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S., but the American Cancer Society estimates about 41,760 women in the U.S. will die from breast cancer in 2019. According to the WHA Information Center, in 2018, there were 363 inpatient admissions, 7,115 outpatient surgeries, and 76,984 other hospital outpatient visits for the diagnosis or treatment of female breast cancer in Wisconsin hospitals.

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer (behind skin cancer) and second leading cause of cancer death (exceeded only by lung cancer) among women in the U.S. In recent years, incidence rates have increased slightly (0.4% per year). About 1 in 8 (12%) women in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime.

For more information on breast cancer, visit: http://www.cancer.org/cancer/breastcancer/index.