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About 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of their lifetime.

In 2017, an estimated 255,180 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 63,410 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer. About 2,470 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in men in 2017. A man’s lifetime risk of breast cancer is about 1 in 1,000.  A woman’s risk of breast cancer nearly doubles if she has a first-degree relative (mother, sister, daughter) who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Less than 15% of women who get breast cancer have a family member diagnosed with it.  About 85% of breast cancers occur in women who have no family history of breast cancer. These occur due to genetic mutations that happen as a result of the aging process and life in general, rather than inherited mutations.

This year, an estimated 12,990 women in the United States will be diagnosed with cervical cancer. It is estimated that 4,120 deaths from the disease will occur this year. The 5-year survival rate tells you what percent of women live at least 5 years after the cancer is found. Percent means how many out of 100. The 5-year survival rate for women with cervical cancer is 68%. The 10-year survival rate is 64%. However, survival rates depend on many factors, including the stage of cervical cancer that is diagnosed.

When detected at an early stage, the 5-year survival rate for women with invasive cervical cancer is 92%. If cervical cancer has spread to surrounding tissues or organs and/or the regional lymph nodes, the 5-year survival rate is 57%. If the cancer has spread to a distant part of the body, the 5-year survival rate is 17%.

However, both breast and cervical cancers are treatable when caught in time, which is why regular screenings such as mammograms and Pap tests are so vital to maintaining a woman's health.

Bras for the Cause has a number of resources available for organizations and individuals to learn more about breast and cervical cancer prevention and treatment. From statistics to speakers, you can get the facts that will help you join the fight.